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Physical Ability Test

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  • Firefighter candidates are required to take a Physical Ability Test, which simulates the job of a firefighter.
  • The test consists of 11 separate tasks which must be performed in a continuous sequence, in 7 minutes or less.
  • Throughout the test, candidates are required to wear approximately 40 pounds of gear, including a bunker coat, firefighting helmet and gloves, and an air pack (SCBA cylinder/harness).
  • This equipment will be provided by the Franklin Fire Department. 
  • ***All weights, measurements, and distances are approximate.***

TASK 1: HOSE DRAG (3-inch hose, 50 feet in length)

Photo of firefighter performing Hose dragWhen the fire officer tells you to go, reach down, pick up the hose, and drag it 75 feet. Drop the hose and immediately proceed to TASK 2.

 

TASK 2: HOSE CARRY UP STAIRS (2 ½-inch folded hose, 50 feet in length)

Lift the 2 ½ inch folded hose onto your shoulder. Carry it to the base of the stairs, then up the stairs to a platform at the top. Drop the hose onto the floor where indicated and immediately proceed to TASK 3. 

Photo of firefighter performing Hose pull

TASK 3: HOSE PULL (2 ½-inch hose, 50 feet in length)

Standing in front of a window, grasp the rope that is attached to a hose on the ground below. Using the rope, pull the hose until it reaches the window. When the hose coupling (metal connection) reaches the window, a fire officer will indicate that you have completed TASK 3. A 100-second timer will now be activated.

TASK 4: 100-SECOND WALK 

Immediately start the 100-second walk by descending the stairs and following the marked route to the 4 ½-foot wall.  If you arrive at the 4 ½-foot wall before 100-seconds have elapsed, you will have to wait to begin TASK 5 until the 100 seconds expire.

TASK 5: SCALING 4 ½ FOOT WALL 

When the 100 seconds are up, and the fire officer says go, you will approach and scale the 4 ½ foot wall. Immediately proceed to TASK 6. 

TASK 6: LADDER RAISE (20-foot straight ladder)

Photo of firefighters performing Ladder raise

Raise a ladder from its horizontal position on the ground to a vertical position. Leave the ladder in this position and proceed immediately to TASK 7.

TASK 7: LADDER CLIMB AND DESCENT (10 feet) 

Climb a secured ladder using one rung at a time onto the platform, then descend the ladder to the ground stepping on one rung at a time. Immediately proceed to TASK 8.

 

Photo of firefighter walking down stairs with dumbbells in hand

TASK 8: STAIR CLIMB AND DESCENT WHILE CARRYING A 15-POUND WEIGHT 

Pick up a 15-pound weight from the ground and climb the stairs to the second-floor level. At the top of the stairs, turn and descend the stairs to the ground.  Place the weight in the marked space and immediately proceed to TASK 9.

TASK 9: FORCIBLE ENTRY SIMULATION – KEISER FORCE MACHINE (I-beam weight - 158 pounds)

To use the FORCE Machine, straddle the I-beam by standing on the foot walks and strike the I-beam using the dead-blow sledgehammer. The I-beam is weighted to 158 pounds. Drive the I-beam with overhand swings the entire length of the track.  Proceed to TASKS 10 and 11 which together comprise the RESCUE SIMULATION. 


Tunnel crawl

TASK 10: TUNNEL CRAWL (30 feet long, 32" high and 32" wide)

Drop down to enter a U-shaped tunnel at whichever opening you choose and crawl through it, coming out the other end.  Upon completion of the tunnel crawl, immediately proceed to TASK 11.

 

TASK 11: RESCUE MANIKIN DRAG (180-pound rescue manikin including turnout gear, 45-foot drag)

Drag the rescue manikin 45 feet across the finish line. After dragging the entire rescue manikin across the finish line, stop. The Physical Ability Test is over. The fire officer will record your time.

Photo of firefighter performing Dummy drag