Candidate Physical Ability Test - CPAT
The Chandler Fire Department Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) is a standardized physical ability test adopted by the CFD as part of hiring process. The test is designed to identify individuals who have the physical attributes to perform the job of a firefighter. The CPAT is conducted by "invitation only" to prospective candidates.
- No CPAT orientation classes or tests are currently scheduled.
Below you will find, a detailed description of the CPAT, information about how to register for a CPAT orientation training class, and answers to frequently asked questions about the CPAT.
The position of a firefighter requires above average aerobic/anaerobic capacity, endurance, strength, and flexibility. The CPAT consists of eight separate job related physical tasks performed in a continuous sequence. Each task is a pass/fail objective. The tasks are listed below:
- The stair climb
- The hose pull
- The equipment carry
- The ladder raise
- Forcible entry
- The search
- The rescue
- The ceiling pull
CPAT Orientation Class
The Chandler Fire Department offers a free Candidate Physical Ability orientation class prior to conducting the CPAT. Participants must be at least 18 years of age.
- Information about the physical and mental aspects of firefighting.
- A discussion of basic exercise concepts.
- Specific CPAT physical training tips.
- A CPAT video that describes and demonstrates each test task, i.e. the clips listed above.
- An opportunity to practice test tasks.