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Yes. The City of Charleston Fire Department will only accept Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) certification from other “licensed” agencies or municipalities. You must show proof of successful completion from a licensed agency within the past 12 months from February 1, 2020.
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Firefighters must carry an array of specialized tools and equipment that can weigh over 70 pounds, plus a breathing apparatus that weighs 40 pounds.
Applicants must pass the TEAS test to proceed to the Physical Ability Test (PAT). The PAT is required for those who do not possess a CPAT certificate with a date of passing within the past 12 months from February 1, 2020. Applicants who pass the PAT will be eligible for an oral board interview. Proof of successful completion of the PAT is required to move forward in the process.