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First day out of Recruit Training, Station 11 Firefighter Richie returns to the training ground to test his fitness opting to do the PAT
Having the physical capabilities to fight fires and protect lives is very important to Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R). In order to ensure that firefighters remain physically able to do the demanding tasks of their job, they are required to participate in either a physical agility test and/or an International Association of Fire Fighters/International Association of Fire Chiefs approved fitness assessment one time per year. This not only ensures that all employees are healthy and able to complete their jobs effectively.
The Physical Agility Test, or PAT, is the same test required for new recruits. It includes nine different stations, all of which simulate tasks that firefighters may need to complete in the case of a fire.
While doing this, firefighters must wear their helmet, turnout jacket, and a Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) facsimile which weighs 21 pounds.
For this test, the firefighter must be able to:
All of these stations must be completed in less than 8 minutes and 2 seconds. Although this is physically demanding it is a necessary test. During a fire, or other emergency, firefighters are often required to work in physically demanding situations for prolonged periods of time. This test ensures they are capable of safely performing tasks.
For the yearly examination, some firefighters choose to participate in a fitness assessment instead or along with the PAT. This fitness assessment includes wall sits, planks, treadmill, and push ups.
All of these tests ensure each and every Portland firefighter is physically capable of safety performing his or her job. Being physically able to accomplish a job is a necessity for firefighters.
Portland Fire & Rescue
We Respond: Always Ready, Always There
June 17, 2011