This test consists of a series of physical tasks, such as climbing stairs, carrying tools or raising ladders, which closely approximates physical tasks routinely performed by firefighters on the job. Most tasks are timed. Applicants are advised to prepare for the agility test for purposes of safety as well as to enhance their chance for a higher score.
With adequate preparation, the average healthy, fit individual should be able to complete the test safely and satisfactorily. During testing, all procedures will be explained in detail and demonstrated if necessary.
CPAT screening procedures meet the following criteria:
- They are job related
- They are not discriminatory on the basis of sex, race, age, etc.
- They represent what experts feel are the most crucial phases of firefighting and emergency medical activities and are indicative of a variety of firefighting and emergency tasks
- They are quantifiable
You can view a video of the CPAT test here.