2 CANDIDATE PHYSICAL ABILITY TESTING Southwest United Fire Districts7550 Lyman Ave.Darien, IL
3 A Great PartnershipThe Fire Service Joint Labor Management Wellness-Fitness Initiative in partnership with the International Association of Fire Fighters and the International Association of Fire Chiefs.Together have developed a protocol which allows for uniform testing of potential firefighters.
4 Firefighter Candidate Testing Firefighting requires above average aerobic and anaerobic power, muscular strength, endurance and flexibility.The Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) is designed to identify individuals who have the physical attributes to perform the job of a firefighter.
5 Typical Firefighter Hiring Process Application/ Administrative ProcessingOrientation to Your DepartmentWritten TestingPhysical Ability TestingMedical EvaluationBackground ChecksHiring Process
6 WHY does your Fire Department testing process need CPAT ? CPAT qualified candidates meet IAFF/IAFC pre-employment standard as part of your hiring process.Saves time by conducting and validating the physical ability test before the hiring process begins.Places the responsibility for physical ability testing with the candidate.Saves your Fire Department much needed budget $ as the candidate will now pay for physical ability testing.
7 Easier on your BUDGETRequire your firefighter candidates to obtain Physical Ability Testing.The candidate can schedule and pay for the CPAT as part of their application process.The CPAT simply becomes one of the requirements to apply to your department.Budget money is saved because you do not have to run physical ability testing at your department (overtime, set-up, materials, admin)
8 Candidate Responsibility Candidates must maintain a current passing score on the CPAT from the time of application to the time of appointment as a Firefighter.Candidates may apply provisionally if they are currently enrolled in a CPAT programLocal agency determinationCPAT scores (pass/fail) are valid according to local authority
9 Agency Responsibility As part of employment process, establish CPAT Eligibility as part of prerequisitesTypically prior to written examinationApply for IAFF/IAFC License agreement for CPAT processConduct agency transportability study to correlate CPAT to your agencyVerify candidate possession of CPAT Eligibility card during your testing process
10 Sample Board of Commissioners Hiring Language Certification that a firefighter candidate has successfully, within the twelve months immediately proceeding the conduct of the written test, passed the CPAT, as licensed and approved by the IAFF/IAFC satisfies the candidate’s obligation to complete the “physical aptitude test” component of this examination process.
11 CPAT Eligibility CardSuccessful candidates are provided with a CPAT Eligibility Card by from SUFDPhoto ID with date of passingDatabase kept by SUFD can be authenticated on request.SUFD recommends that CPAT Eligibility Cards are valid for a period of one (1) year from date of test
12 Hiring Process Simplified Your Board of Fire Commissioners/ Fire Chief Administrator adopts the CPAT as the physical ability test.Candidates schedule and pay for the CPAT themselves.No cost is incurred by the testing department for physical ability testingThe candidate simply provides an official copy of his/ her verification card upon applying to your Fire Department.
13 SUFD CPAT Testing Center Provides Candidates Mandatory Orientation SessionPreparation guide available on-lineControlled practice environment with Peer Fitness TrainersVerification of successful completion provided to candidate via ID Card
14 Objective Validity Criteria The CPAT is a validated, legally defensible and legitimate tool for assessing the firefighter candidates.CPAT meets validation criteria established by:Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)United States Department of Justice (DOJ)United States Department of Labor (DOL)Canadian Human Rights Commission.
15 Testing Fee Test fee per candidate is $110 for the each test. Traditional testing schedules are also available upon request. Fees vary with this option.Your agency may contract for individual testing
16 Candidate Testing Program Attend Mandatory CPAT orientationAdministrative proceduresTesting orientationExercise program overviewTwo Station practice sessionsTwo timed course practice sessionsChallenge CPAT TestSuccessful candidates receive a Eligibility CardCommissions should determine length of time that eligibility card is valid through their testing process
18 Key CPAT Information The CPAT consists of eight separate events A sequence of events requiring the candidate to progress along a predetermined path from event to event in a continuous manner.Is a Pass/Fail test based on a validated maximum total time of 10 minutes and 20 seconds.
19 Sequencing of EventsEvents are placed in a sequence that best simulates fire scene events while allowing an 85 foot walk between events.To ensure the highest level of safety and to prevent exhaustion, no running is allowed between events.This walk allows the candidate approx. 20 seconds to recover and regroup before each event.
20 Required Equipment Provided 50 pound weight vest simulates the SCBAand firefighting protective bunker gearAdditional 25 # added during stair climbHard hat simulating fire helmet doubles as PPE for the CPATWork gloves also provided
21 Order of CPAT Events Stair Climb Hose Drag Equipment Carry Ladder Raise and ExtensionForcible EntrySearchRescueCeiling Breach and Pull
22 STAIR CLIMBDesigned to simulate the critical tasks of climbing stairs in full protective clothing carrying firefighting equipment2 compound weights are worn to simulate a high-rise pack.
23 HOSE DRAGDesigned to simulate the critical tasks of dragging an uncharged hoseline from the fire apparatus to the fire occupancy and pulling an uncharged hoseline around obstacles while remaining stationary.
24 EQUIPMENT CARRYDesigned to simulate the critical tasks of removing power tools from a fire apparatus, carrying them to the scene and returning the equipment to the fire apparatus.
25 LADDER RAISE AND EXTENSION Simulates the critical tasks of placing a ground ladder at a fire structure and extending the ladder to the roof or window.
26 FORCIBLE ENTRYDesigned to simulate the critical tasks of using force to open a locked door or to breach a wall
27 SEARCHThis event is designed to simulate the critical task of searching for a fire victim with limited visibility in an unpredictable area.
28 RESCUEEvent is designed to simulate the critical task of removing a victim or injured partner from a fire scene.
29 CEILING BREACH AND PULL This event uses a mechanized device that measures overhead push and pull forces and a Pike Pole.
30 SELECTION OF EVENTSAll props were designed to obtain the necessary information regarding the physical ability of your candidates.Tools and equipment were chosen to provide the highest level of consistency, safety and validity in measuring the candidates’ physical abilities
31 CANDIDATE PHYSICAL ABILITY TESTING Southwest United Fire Districts7550 Lyman Ave.Darien, IL