Physical Ability Assessment


DRESS: Candidates should wear appropriate workout attire; shorts and t-shirts are acceptable. Tennis shoes or rubber-soled sports shoes are recommended.


The physical agility test is designed to simulate the tasks fire fighters are required to perform during emergency situations and immediately after the emergency has been contained. The test will be conducted at Fire Station 2 in an area approved by the Chief. You will be required to wear a turnout coat, helmet, self-contained breathing apparatus (without face piece) and gloves during the entire physical test. The aerial climb will not be a timed event, but will require the candidate to do a continuous ascend or descend with less than a 10 second stop in any portion. The timed portion will start when the candidate touches the hose at the second event station. At no time will a candidate be allowed to run during an event or in-between the event stations.

 If a candidate is unable to continue the event, the time will continue to run until it reaches the disqualifying time. The only time the fire department staff will stop the event prior to the disqualifying time will be due to a medical problem or injury.

Aerial Ladder Climb 


Candidates will wear the following safety equipment as provided. 

    • Helmet
    • Bunker Coat
    • Gloves
    • Rescue or Safety Harness

The candidate will climb to the top of a 75 foot ladder with the ladder positioned at a 70-degree incline. The candidate will perform this event while wearing a safety harness attached to a safety rope. The ascent will be complete when the candidate grabs the top rung, looks down, makes eye contact with the belay person. The descent will begin after confirmation of eye contact with the belay person. The belay person will signal by waving to the candidate when eye contact is made. This is not a timed event, but will require the candidate to do a continuous ascend or descend with less than a 10 second stop in any portion. This task is a pass or fail event. If the candidate fails this event, the test will be stopped and the candidate will not be allowed to participate in the rest of the test.

 The candidate will fail if they:

  1. Do not reach the top and grab the top rung
  2. Stop more than three times for more than 10 seconds each
  3. Cause the safety crew to belay due to a fall
  4. Refuse to complete the climb
  5. Do not make eye contact with the belay person upon reaching the top.

Event Station

 Timing begins here.

 Pull one end of a 1 3/4 inch uncharged hose line pre-connected with a nozzle a distance of 150 feet from the engine. 

Event Station

Drag a 1 3/4 inch charged hose line a distance of 100 feet around an obstacle to a designated point.

 Station 3 

Using a dead blow sledge hammer, the candidate must move a 165 lbs. I-beam from one end of the Keiser machine to the other end by striking the end of the I-beam. If the candidate strikes the I-beam with the handle, the candidate will be given a warning.

If the candidate strikes the I-beam again with the handle, the candidate will be disqualified. If the candidate pulls the I-beam with the head of the hammer, the candidate will be disqualified.

Event Station

Make three threaded hose connections.

Event Station

Carry a saw a distance of 50 feet and place onto a platform.

If the saw is dropped during the carry, the candidate will be disqualified. 

Event Station

Lift and carry a bundle of rolled 2 1/2 inch hose a distance of 200 feet.

Event Station

 Using a ceiling breach device, the candidate will conduct four sets of five repetitions.  

Event Station

Make four continuous trips of 100 feet carrying a roof ladder secured from a simulated engine company.

 The candidate will be disqualified if the ladder is dropped during the event.

Event Station 9 

Drag a 175-pound rescue mannequin a distance of 75 feet.

Timing ends here.         A successful time is at or below:  9:16:22