Physical Agility Test (PAT) This is not an example of the CPAT or Biddle Tests
The entry-level firefighter physical ability test (PAT) consists of three (3) events that require candidates to perform simulations of important tasks that are part of the firefighter job. These events require strength, endurance, and coordination. Each event is timed and each event is scored pass/fail. Passing scores are set in a manner that is consistent with normal expectations of proficiency within a local entry-level firefighter workforce. Cut-off scores have been determined by using times established by the local firefighter workforce. Job candidates must pass all events to pass the PAT. Candidates who take the PAT will wear a helmet, gloves, bunker coat, and a self-contained breathing apparatus. This closely corresponds to actual personal protective gear that firefighters must wear on an emergency fire scene. When the test is administered, candidates must walk immediately from one event to the next. The test administrator shows the candidate his/her score on the stopwatch at the conclusion of each event. Event times are verified and documented on the candidate’s score sheet.
EVENT #1 CHARGED HOSE PULL -
This event simulates the muscular strength necessary to advance a charged hose line. The candidate will pull a charged 1¾-inch hose line a distance of 100 feet. Candidates are shown how to hold the hose. A candidate’s score is the time it takes to pull the hose 100 feet. This time is compared to a maximum allowable time (23 seconds). Any time equal to or less than the maximum allowable time results in a “pass” score.
EVENT #2 FORCIBLE ENTRY AND VENTILATION -
This event simulates the muscular strength necessary to open holes in structures using forcible entry tools. The candidate uses an 8-pound sledgehammer to drive a beam a distance of 5 feet. Candidates are shown how to use the hammer and how to position their feet. The candidate’s score is the time it takes to move the beam the required distance. The time is compared to a maximum allowable time (47 seconds). Any time equal to or less than the maximum allowable time results in a “pass” score.
EVENT #3 FIRE EXTINGUISHING AND RESCUE -
This event simulates the strength, endurance, and coordination necessary to perform tasks necessary for fire extinguishing and victim rescue. The five components of the event are: (1) dry hose drag; (2) ascend stairs with high rise hose pack; (3) tool hoist; (4) descend stairs with high rise hose pack; and (5) victim rescue. These components are performed in a timed sequence starting with (1) dry hose drag and ending with (5) dummy drag. Candidates are shown how to drag hoses, carry hose bundles, hoist equipment, and drag victims. The candidate’s score is the time it takes to complete the five test components.