Preparing for the Written and Physical Exams

Recruits4The written ability test consists of approximately 48 multiple-choice questions that are designed to test a series of abilities, such as, problem sensitivity, reasoning, and comprehension determined to be important to the effective performance of a firefighter's job. The Work Styles Questionnaire is designed to assess a candidate's motivational, value-related and attitudinal characteristics. Candidates will be presented with a series of short statements and asked to indicate whether or not they agree with each statement. The Life Experience Survey consists of a series of multiple-choice questions related to the candidate's past history and experience. It is recommended that you review the practice exam for practice and to allow yourself to be comfortable with the format.
Firefighter Candidate Exam Preparation Guide

The Physical Ability Test (PAT) is designed to assess a candidate's capacity to perform the tasks ordinarily performed by a firefighter while on the job. This is accomplished by requiring the candidate to perform a series of events that both simulate firefighting activities and depend on the physical abilities required to perform the firefighter's job. These abilities include cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength, muscular endurance and flexibility. The exercise training program presented in this guide provides candidates with the information they need to improve their level of physical fitness by conditioning the individual muscles and muscle groups involved in the tasks performed by a firefighter, and required to perform the PAT events. You can access the preparation guide and watch a video of the actual test here:
Firefighter Candidate Exam PAT Preparation Guide
Video of Physical Exam

A monthly walk through is available to allow applicants to preview the ELPAT before the date of their actual test. It is recommended that you attend a session and check out the schedule for the same.

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