Firefighter Hopefuls Take CPAT Training
A firefighter candidate works expeditiously to complete the Rescue event, which simulates removing a victim or partner from a burning building, during the FDNY's CPAT Training. To pass the CPAT, all eight events must be completed in less than 10 minutes and 20 seconds while wearing a weighted vest.
Hundreds of aspiring firefighters are preparing for the physical portion of the FDNY firefighter exam by participating in the FDNY's Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) Training at Randall's Island in New York City.
The free program provides candidates with the opportunity to practice the eight components of the CPAT, which they must pass to be hired as a firefighter. The components include the stair climb, hose drag, equipment carry, ladder raise and extension, forcible entry, search, rescue, and ceiling breach and pull.
A firefighter hopeful hustles to complete the Ceiling Breach and Pull event during the FDNY's CPAT Training. This evolution simulates the critical task of breaching and pulling down a ceiling to check for fire extension.
During the program, candidates wear a hard hat, gloves and a weighted vest to simulate firefighter protective clothing and equipment while working to finish the practice test in less than 10 minutes and 20 seconds. In addition to boosting their test performance, the candidates show their determination to meet the demands of the job, as well as learn the skills and values needed to properly save lives as a firefighter.
All firefighter candidates enrolled in this training completed the computer-based exam in 2012 and obtained list numbers based on their scores, which will be valid for approximately four years. Candidates are contacted in list number order to participate in the training, which will better prepare them for the physical test.
For more information, please call the Department's Office of Recruitment and Diversity at
A candidate works to complete the Equipment Carry evolution during the FDNY's CPAT Training. This event is designed to simulate the critical tasks of removing power tools from a fire apparatus, carrying the tools to the emergency scene and returning the tools to the fire apparatus.