Physical Ability Test

Notice:  The testing process and sequence of events are subject to change. Candidates must consult the applicant packet at the time of submission for the most current requirements. The information provided below is offered as a general example and may not be specific to the test administered.

Physical Ability Test 

In the Physical Ability Test, candidates are asked to perform several tasks similar to those performed by Firefighters on the job. Candidates must complete the test within the time frame pre-determined by the Fire Department and the test is pass/fail. A completed Medical Clearance and Disclaimer of Liability (PDF) form is required in order to participate in the physical ability test.

Please see the links below for video demonstrations of the physical agility test:

Events in the Physical Ability Test

Event 1: Dry Hose Deployment

  • Candidate advances pre-connected 1.88-inch dry hose line for 150 feet. Each 50-foot section weighs 21 pounds, for a total of 63 pounds of dry weight. This event simulates extending a dry offensive hose line from an apparatus to a fire scene for firefighting operations.

Event 2: Charged Hose Deployment

  • Candidate advances pre-connected 1.88-inch charged hose line for 70 feet. This event simulates extending a charged offensive hose line to the seat of a fire for firefighting operations.

Event 3: Halyard Raise

  • Candidate raises and lowers the fly section of a 24-ft aluminum extension ladder with a halyard. The pull resistance of the ladder is approximately 26 pounds. This event simulates raising and lowering the fly of a 24-foot aluminum extension ladder in order to access higher floors for rescue, ventilation, and other firefighting operations.

Event 4: Roof Walk

  • Candidate ascends and descends a 10-foot distance walking/crawling on the rungs of a 14-foot roof ladder while carrying a simulated 25-pound chain saw. This event simulates walking on a roof ladder with the appropriate equipment in order to perform ventilation operations.

Event 5: Attic Crawl

  • Candidate crawls a distance of 20 feet across a simulated attic area while carrying a simulated flashlight in his/her hands. This event simulates walking/crawling on joists in an attic to search for the extension of a fire.

Event 6: Roof Ventilation

  • Candidate stands on a pitched rooftop and strikes the roof 30 times with a 10-pound sledge hammer. This event simulates making a ventilation opening in a roof with an axe or sledgehammer in order to ventilate a fire.

Event 7: Victim Removal

  • Candidate carries or drags a 165 pound dummy for 26 feet. This event simulates removing an injured or unconscious victim from a hazardous area.

Event 8: Ladder Removal/Carry

  • Candidate removes a 24-foot aluminum extension ladder from mounted hooks, carries the ladder 54 feet around a diamond shaped course, and replaces the ladder to the mounted hooks. The weight of the ladder is 89 pounds. This event simulates removing an extension ladder from an apparatus, carrying it to the site of use, and replacing it to the apparatus.

Event 9: Stair Climb with Hose

  • Candidate climbs up and down four flights of stairs with a 42-pound hose bundle. Candidate places the hose bundle on his/her shoulder and takes it up and down the four flights of stairs. Candidate places bundle down at the ground floor. This event simulates climbing stairs with a hose bundle in order to fight fires in multiple-story buildings.

Event 10: Crawling Search

  • Candidate crawls on the ground floor for a distance of 46 feet. This event simulates crawling while conducting search and rescue or attic operations in a burning structure.

Event 11: Stair Climb with Equipment/Hose Hoist

  • Candidate picks up two air bottles (with a shoulder strap), places air bottles over his/her shoulder, and returns up the stairs to the third floor. On the third floor the candidate places the air bottles on the floor and hoists a 100-foot section of an extended hose line up and over the balcony rail. The candidate then picks up the air bottles and returns to the ground floor to end the test. This event simulates hoisting an extended hose line and carrying equipment in a multiple story building to facilitate firefighting operations.