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CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test) with Ladder Climb

CPAT is the term used to describe a pass-fail, physical ability test developed by the International Association of Firefighters and the International Association of Fire Chiefs.  As a standardized test, it has become a method of assisting fire departments in recruiting those who are physically capable of performing the tasks associated with firefighting.  It is a reliable measure of the candidate's ability to carry out fire scene activities.

The tasks include:
Stair Climb, Equipment Carry, Hose Drag, Ladder Climb/Extension, Forcible Entry, Rescue Drag, Search Ceiling Breach and Pull.

The test procedures involve registration, orientation, practice, timed course sessions, and the final CPAT test.  Upon successful completion of the timed test, candidates are issued a CPAT Identification Card. 

Central Illinois Fire Chiefs Association is a sponsor of the CPAT test which is held in Decatur, Illinois.  More information on the CPAT can be found at: or click on our CPAT link.