POC Recruitment Physical

General Information

  • The seven (7) station physical agility test is a pass/fail test based on a validated maximum total time of 10:00 minutes.
  • Throughout testing, the candidate will wear a turn-out coat, Self-contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) with a 45-minute air cylinder to provide the additional weight that firefighters must work with on the fire-ground.  In addition, the candidate must wear long pants, a structural fire helmet, work gloves and footwear which does not have an open heel or toe. Watches and jewelry are not permitted to be worn.
  • All testing stations were designed to obtain the necessary information regarding physical ability. The tools and equipment were chosen to provide the highest level of consistency, safety and validity in measuring the candidate’s physical abilities.
  • The events are placed in a sequence that best simulates fire scene events while allowing approximately an 85-foot walk between stations. To ensure the highest level of safety, no running is permitted. Walking between stations allows approximately 20 seconds for recovering and regrouping between individual stations.  A warning will be given for running; a second warning constitutes failure.
  • Candidates are provided with an opportunity to attend an information session prior to testing which details the physical agility test and failure points. Candidates will also be offered the opportunity to practice the individual components of the test. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ask questions if any part of the testing is not understood.

Test Forms

Prior to taking the physical agility test, each candidate must present valid identification, have submitted a signed and witnessedDEED OF RELEASE FOR PRACTICAL EVALUATION” and submitted a letter from your Doctor stating their ability to attempt the “Physical Agility Testing”.  At the conclusion of the physical agility testing the candidate must sign the physical agility test form.

Station l – Stair Climb with High Rise Pack

Candidate while carrying a hose pack (one – 50-foot section of 2 ½ inch hose – weighing 45lbs) ascend to the top deck of the back office, then turn around and descend to the basement door. Then after returning to the starting position, it repeats 4 more times to the top & bottom of the landings. Upon arriving at the top deck on the 5th ascent; the hose must be placed in the designated area on the landing. (This is the equivalent of climbing and descending five stories.) The candidate will descend to the ground and advance to the next test station.

Station 2 – Hose Hoist

The candidate will stand in the designated area, and using a hand-over-hand motion, pulling a utility rope to hoist a hose roll of 2 ½” hose (45 pounds) to the height of 50 feet. When the donut roll reaches the pulley, the candidate will utilize a controlled hand-under-hand method to lower the hose roll until it touches the ground. This component of testing is complete when the hose roll touches the ground. Immediate failure will result if the rope slips through the candidate’s hands in an uncontrolled manner. Advance to the next test station.

Station 3 – Forcible Entry

Using an 8-pound shot mallet, drive a railway tie a distance of two (2) feet. The mallet must strike the designated target area on the tie. The event is complete when the tie is moved a distance of two (2) feet and the mallet is placed in the designated area. Immediate failure will result if the mallet slips out of the candidate’s hands. Advance to the next test station.

Station 4 – Extension Ladder Raise

The candidate will walk forward raising a 24-foot extension ladder hand over hand (overhead) until it is completely vertical. The candidate will then lower the ladder by walking it back down, hand-over-hand, until it is set back on the ground. Advance to the next test station. Immediate failure will result if control is not maintained in a hand-over-hand manner.

Station 5 Hose Drag

The Candidate will advance a 150-foot section of un-charged 1 ¾” hose-line, with nozzle, straight forward for 75 feet where a 90-degree turn will be made.  The candidate will continue to advance the hose-line an additional 25 feet.  After stopping within a designated area, the candidate drops to at least one knee and pulls the hose-line until the 50-foot mark of the hose-line crosses the finish line.   Advance to the next test station.

Station 6 – Equipment Carry

This event uses two tools of similar size/weight (25lb) and a table replicating a storage cabinet on a fire engine. The candidate must remove the two tools from the table, one at a time, and place them on the ground. Then they will pick up both tools, one in each hand, and carry them forward 75 feet around a pylon, then return to the starting point. Placing the tool(s) on the ground to adjust a grip is permitted. Upon return to the table, the tools are placed on the ground, then picked up one at a time, and replaced on the table. Advance to the next event. Dropping either tool on the ground will result in immediate failure.

Station 7 – Victim Rescue

The Candidate will carry/drag a 185-pound victim a distance of 35 feet, make a 180 degree turn around a pre-positioned pylon, and continues an additional 35 feet to the finish line. This event is complete when both the victim and the candidate completely clear the finish line.