The Candidate Physical Ability Test was developed as a fair and valid evaluation tool to assist in the selection of firefighters and to ensure all firefighter candidates possess the physical ability to complete critical tasks effectively and safely. 

The Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Department is one of several sites that administers the Candidate Physical Ability Test. 

Eight test events

During the entire test, candidates must wear a 50-pound weighted vest (simulating the weight of a firefighter’s protective clothing and equipment). The eight events are:
  • Ceiling pull (locating fire and checking for extension)
  • Equipment carry (removing and carrying equipment from fire apparatus to fireground)
  • Forcible entry (penetrating a locked door, breaching a wall)
  • Hose drag (stretching uncharged hoselines, advancing lines)
  • Ladder raise and extension (placing a ground ladder at the fire scene and extending the ladder to the roof or a window)
  • Rescue drag (removing victim or partner from a fire building)
  • Search (crawling through dark, unpredictable areas to search for victims)
  • Stair climb (climbing stairs while carrying an additional 25-pound simulated hose pack)
The Candidate Physical Ability Test has been reviewed and utilized by fire departments throughout the United States and Canada. 

Next opportunity

The CPAT scheduled for March 2, 2019 has been canceled due to inclement weather.

 Questions? Email us, or call 303-660-1066.