Notice: The testing process and sequence of events are subject to change. Candidates must consult the applicant packet at the time of submission for the most current requirements. The information provided below is offered as a general example and may not be specific to the test administered.
The Physical Ability Test (PAT) is the current assessment tool used by the Charleston Fire Department to evaluate a candidate’s level of physical fitness. Candidates must successfully complete all stations in 12:01 (twelve minutes, one second) in order to receive a passing score.
The PAT is a PASS/FAIL event – candidates are not ranked according to completion time.
During each hiring cycle, every effort is made to give candidates the opportunity to join a practice day in advance of the live testing date. This gives individuals without fire service experience an opportunity to see what each station looks like, how all equipment feels and to have an opportunity to practice any or all components of the PAT.
In the Physical Ability Test, candidates are asked to perform several tasks similar to those performed by Firefighters on the job. Candidates must complete the test within the time frame pre-determined by the Fire Department and the test is pass/fail. A completed Medical Clearance and Disclaimer of Liability (PDF) form is required in order to participate in the physical ability test.
Please review the information below and view the following video: Physical Ability Test Video
2. Charged Hose Deployment
3. Ladder Raise
4. Halyard Raise
5. Roof walk
6. Attic crawl
7. Roof Vent
8. Victim removal
9. Stair climb with hose carry to 4th floor
10. Crawling search
11. Stair climb with equipment (2 cylinders) & hose hoist to 3rd floor