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The Physical Agility Test can be used to fulfill the physical ability requirement at the Grand Rapids Fire Department. Applicants may not need to take the Physical Agility Test at the Grand Rapids Fire Department if they can produce a current, valid CPAT certification. The Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) is a nationally recognized test that is used to measure a candidate's ability to do the physical demands of being a firefighter.


The Physical Agility Test consists of eight separate events meant to simulate a physical skill that firefighters experience. Participants are required to complete all eight events on a closed course within 10 minutes and 20 seconds. 

  • Stair Climb

  • Hose Drag

  • Equipment Carry

  • Ladder Raise and Extension

  • Forcible Entry

  • Search

  • Rescue Drag

  • Ceiling Breach and Pull


The Physical Agility Test evaluation is free for those whom are selected to participate in the physical agility portion of the Grand Rapids hiring process. 

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