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Firefighters must be in excellent physical condition to meet the demands of the job. They must work quickly while handling heavy equipment for long periods of time and wear special protective gear in hot conditions while performing demanding tasks.
Think you could handle it?
Commissioner Randy Leonard came out to show his support for the fire bureau by taking the Physical Agility Test (PAT). Each firefighter candidate is required to take and pass the PAT test which includes several tasks similar to those performed by firefighters on the job. These tasks are designed to test strength, stamina, endurance, agility and ability to work at heights. Candidates must complete the Physical Agility Test within PF&R’s time standard of 8 minutes and 2 seconds wearing a helmet, turnout jacket, and Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) facsimile (weight 21 lbs).
The events in the PAT test include a simulated ladder rack, hose carry, electric fan, fan placement, ladder raise, ladder halyard, body drag, foam bucket carry, and simulated hose pull.
Commissioner Leonard passed the PAT Test with a respectable time of just over 7 minutes. In the company of a PF&R Safety Officer and when properly equipped, Commissioner Leonard is now qualified to be on the fireground. PF&R is fortunate to have such a hands-on Commissioner!
December 15, 2009