Fire Agility Testing
The purpose of the Physical Ability Test (PAT) is to insure the candidate/employee is physically capable of meeting the challenges inherent in the firefighting/rescue profession. Although not all-inclusive, the six phases of the testing replicate many of the physical demands placed on personnel during emergency operations. A maximum time limit is established to guarantee that the candidate/employee is physically capable of completing the tasks in a time frame consistent with fire ground expectations.
PAT Testing Rules
- Time Allotted for Completion: 12 minutes
- Firefighter Candidates: Candidates must wear a weighted vest during testing. Long pants, firefighting gloves, safety helmet and closed-toed shoes or boots must be worn. Turn-out gear is not required.
- No running is allowed during any portion of the test: Running is defined as anytime that both feet leave the ground at the same time. Running will result in immediate disqualification.