Firefighter Recruitment: Testing Process


    Chandler Fire Recruit Testing Process

    Our recruitment process is an involved and lengthy process. Listed below are the steps a candidate must satisfactorily complete before becoming a Chandler Firefighter.

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    • Written Exam: This comprehensive examination battery will test the candidates ability to read and apply fire related materials, their logical and mathematical reasoning abilities, and their teamwork, decision-making and interpersonal skills.
    • 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. All applicants are encouraged to participate in one of the CPAT exams offered through the Maricopa Community Colleges. Chandler Fire will be excepting in-state and out-of-state CPAT results. Candidates must provide official proof of completion of any such test within the specified calendar year. 
    • First Oral Board: The oral board is usually one of the last phases of the testing process. Like the other phases, preparation can be the key to success. It is critical to sharpen your interview skills prior to testing. Typical Fire Department oral interviews will be conducted by two to four fire department members. Holding mock interviews and taping yourself can help to greatly improve your interview skills. Do not memorize answers to questions. Rather, listen to them carefully and consider how to answer them in an organized and professional manner. A great way to prepare is to go to one of the stations and talk to the people who have succeeded in the process.
    • Second Oral Board: This oral board is a command level oral board. It is designed with "follow-up" questions based on how a candidate answers the original questions presented to them. We may include a "Writing Ability Test" during one of the oral board processes. This test measures the candidates ability to write clearly and accurately with correct grammatical construction, spelling and punctuation.
    • Six-Week Internship: This training is known as the intern academy. The candidate has not been offered employment at this point. This portion of the hiring process invites the candidate to attend basic firefighter training one evening during the week and all day Saturday. Candidates are evaluated for their ability to operate as members of a team as well as their individual abilities. The curriculum includes basic fire science theory, skills, and general physical fitness. At the conclusion of this phase, the training staff makes recommendations to the fire chief concerning which individuals will be offered a position in the 12-week academy.
    • 12-Week Fire Academy: This phase is known as the recruit academy. The candidate has been offered employment by the City of Chandler. The recruit academy runs Monday through Friday and incorporates advanced fire fighting, emergency medical, hazardous materials, and fire code subject mater. Live fire training is incorporated into this part of the process. At the successful conclusion of recruit training the candidate is assigned to a front line crew and a 56-hour per week shift schedule. All firefighters must complete a one-year probation