Testing - Firefighter/Medic Recruit


The Firefighter/Medic Recruit testing process covers three areas.

      • Written Exam
      • Panel Interview
      • Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)

Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) – What to Expect

Firefighting is one of the most respected and challenging careers one can pursue.   Daily job duties of a firefighter demand a high level of strength and conditioning.  In order to earn a position with the Newport News Fire Department, applicants must pass the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT).  CPAT was developed by the International Association of Firefighters/International Association of Fire Chief’s Joint Labor Management Task Force as a validated tool to enable fire departments to select candidates who are physically capable to perform the job of a firefighter. The CPAT consists of eight (8) job related events that must be performed sequentially. This is a pass/fail test based on a maximum time of 10 minutes and 20 seconds. During the entire test, the candidate must wear a 50 lb. weighted vest (simulating the weight of a firefighter’s protective clothing and equipment). The eight events are:

            • Stair Climb
            • Ladder Raise/Extension
            • Hose Drag
            • Equipment Carry
            • Forcible Entry
            • Search
            • Rescue
            • Ceiling Breech and Pull
Please visit the YouTube video below for more information regarding CPAT. 

What's Next?

If you understand the testing procedure and have already read the requirements, then head on over to our application page and apply today.

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