Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)

Chandler Firefighter pulling hose.

The CPAT is a nationally recognized physical ability test adopted by the Chandler Fire Department to inform the hiring process. The CPAT assesses a candidate’s ability to perform the physical activities necessary of a firefighter. These include:

  • The stair climb
  • The hose pull
  • The equipment carry
  • The ladder raise
  • Forcible entry
  • The search
  • The rescue
  • The ceiling pull

Prospective firefighters must perform exemplary in the following categories: aerobics, endurance, strength, and flexibility. The CPAT is a pass/fail exam.

Note: The Chandler Fire Department is not currently offering the CPAT exam. Candidates are encouraged to take the CPAT or prep-courses at other organizations like Maricopa Community Colleges or the National Testing Network.

CPAT Preparation Program

Occasionally the Chandler Fire Department offers a free CPAT orientation course prior to conducting its Invite Only CPAT. Participants must be at least 18 years of age.  The orientation includes:

  • Review of basic exercise concepts
  • CPAT physical training tips and the opportunity to practice test
  • CPAT video that demonstrates each physical activity task
  • Review of the physical and mental aspects of firefighting