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The Philadelphia Fire Department (PFD) last recruited firefighters between June 28, 2021 and October 1, 2021. If you want to be notified when the next application period opens, fill out a job interest form.


The yearly salary for a firefighter recruit in the Fire Academy is $57,773. After graduating the Academy as a firefighter, you receive a pay increase. There are scheduled increases in pay to the present maximum of $80,240 a year.

You will receive test information and your test score only by the email you supply on your application. If you have not received an email from five (5) days prior to the exam date, please contact Courtney Territo at 225-925-7053.

The Human Relations Test focuses on teamwork and human relations skills and was specifically designed for firefighters. Candidates watch a video segment and then choose the best course of action in a multiple-choice format. The test items play without stopping.

Candidates are instructed to pay attention to the behaviors of the individual firefighters and supervisors portrayed in the Human Relations test,then answer questions about the characters. Part II immediately follows Part I.

The Mechanical Test is a multiple-choice mechanical aptitude test presented on video. Candidates see detailed introductions to an animated brick-making factory, then are asked questions about the factory. Most of the questionsare about basic mechanical objects and principles such as valves and water pressure.They are also asked to answer troubleshooting type questions and observe system operationsfor problems. All of the questions can be answered based on common sense and observation of how everyday objects work.

This math test is designed specifically for firefighters. The questions are presented on video. Candidates must complete the calculations in their heads. No written calculation is permitted. Questions are based on the type of math that firefighters must use on a regular basis as part of the job. Basic areas covered include: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and proportions.

The CPAT was developed after years of research and input from an international committee comprised of IAFF and IAFC members. The test requires firefighter candidates to engage in the following activities:

All of these exercises must be completed in less than 10 minutes and 20 seconds. Candidate success is measured on a pass/fail basis. Throughout the CPAT, candidates wear a hard hat, gloves, and a 50-pound vest to simulate the weight of a self-contained breathing apparatus and firefighter protective clothing.

To ensure that all candidates have an equal opportunity to succeed, the CPAT includes an orientation and mentoring process that begins eight weeks prior to the test. This process involves an explanation of the test and its physical demands, recommendations of training and conditioning drills, and an opportunity to preview and practice the exercises.

The CPAT is a legally defensible and legitimate tool for assessing eligibility for employment. In addition to being endorsed by the IAFF and IAFC, the test meets validity criteria established by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Department of Labor.

FPC training and testing services have resumed. COVID-19 precautions remain in place. Contact our Training or Certification Divisions for any questions. Please refrain from attending a scheduled program should you have any COVID related symptoms or generally not feeling well.

Drug Screen: The drug screening test will include, but is not limited to, a hair sample analysis. It is therefore important that you have at least a half inch of hair (in length) on your head that the clinicians can cut for this sample. If your head hair is too short, body hair can be used as a substitute.

All firefighter recruit applicants with the City of Pittsburgh, Bureau of Fire are subject to a thorough background investigation to verify the accuracy of statements provided within the applicant materials and to confirm qualification for employment. The background information is reviewed by the Chief and his/her command staff for selection purposes.

Public Hearing Process: Any applicant who is passed over for just cause and disqualified from becoming a Firefighter Recruit for the City of Pittsburgh can request an appeal hearing within ten days of the date of the disqualification notice. The request must be made in writing to the Secretary & chief Examiner for the City of Pittsburgh. Once the request is received the Appellant will be assigned a hearing date. The Appellant may hire an attorney, or represent themselves. After hearing testimony, and reviewing the evidence presented the Civil Service Commission will make a determination to deny, or grant, the appeal request. Please email all requests to:

Academy Class: Candidates will be given a conditional offer of employment. If the candidate accepts, you will then be scheduled to take a medical (stress test) examination. Once the candidate passes the medical examination the candidate will be given a final offer of employment and a start date for the Fire Academy.

Firefighting is one of the most respected and challenging careers one can pursue. Daily job duties of a firefighter demand a high level of strength and conditioning. In order to earn a position with the Newport News Fire Department, applicants must pass the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT). CPAT was developed by the International Association of Firefighters/International Association of Fire Chief's Joint Labor Management Task Force as a validated tool to enable fire departments to select candidates who are physically capable to perform the job of a firefighter. The CPAT consists of eight (8) job related events that must be performed sequentially. This is a pass/fail test based on a maximum time of 10 minutes and 20 seconds. During the entire test, the candidate must wear a 50lb. weighted vest (simulating the weight of a firefighter's protective clothing and equipment).

The written test can be the first step to a long and successful career or it can be the first step to putting in your application to another job opening. I have found the written test to be the easiest part of the firefighter application process as long as you are well prepared for it. Preparation for this test is the only part of the process that you can influence yourself. Make sure you take time to study hard for these tests. Take as many tests as possible to gain experience and confidence in the test taking process. Most firefighters applying for jobs today will end up applying for five to ten years before they nail their dream job.

2. Be on top of your game: Most departments will only take the top ten percent scores from the written test. This means you need to score a 90% or better on the written test. Get enough sleep the night before, eat a healthy breakfast and be early for the test.

Practice your skills using features such as tips on how to pass the physical requirements, practice exams with answer keys, memory aids to help you master the recall test, tables for self-scoring, insights on what a career in firefighting entails, and a discussion of the final interview.

Smoke Your Firefighter Written Exam-(330 Pages) breaks down every phase of the written exam. Chief Lepore covers virtually every topic that you would be likely to encounter in an entry-level firefighter written examination.

Master the Firefighter Exam-Master the Firefighter Exam provides everything you need to pass local, state, and national written exams, including test-taking strategies, information on the firefighter screening process, expert oral interview and job search advice, and a review of the Candidate Physical Ability Test.

The Albuquerque Fire Rescue has adopted the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) as a physical agility component in the hiring process. All candidates must successfully pass the CPAT test for consideration of employment with the Albuquerque Fire Rescue.

Firefighting requires above average aerobic and anaerobic capacity, muscular endurance and strength, and flexibility. The test is designed to identify individuals who have the physical attributes to perform the job of a firefighter. The Orientation Guide provides a detailed description of the course and explains the Pass/Fail scoring system.

The CPAT tests a candidate to determine whether he/she is physically qualified to perform the job of a firefighter. The test consists of eight separate job related physical tasks performed in a continuous sequence.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to take the written examination. You will receive your letter of invitation sometime before the actual test date by email. All correspondence will be by email, you should, therefore, notify the recruiter if you have a change of email address.

All candidates who pass the written exam with a 70% or higher will be invited and required to attend (2) Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) orientation sessions and (2) CPAT practice sessions during which they will become familiar with the CPAT apparatus. During the sessions, CCFD firefighters will be available to advise candidates on conditioning regimens and techniques to help them prepare for the CPAT. For more information on the physical agility test please visit the CCFD website. Within 30 days prior to the actual Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) test dates, candidates will be invited to perform 2 timed practice runs, using actual CPAT apparatus and completing the entire course.

CCFD will accept verifiable Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) completion certificates (or letters) from fully licensed Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) jurisdictions for tests completed on or after October 17, 2022. CPAT certificates or pass letters must include the candidate's name, the date of the test and a statement that the candidate passed the test. Certificates for tests taken prior to October 17, 2022 and certificates issued by a limited licenses jurisdiction will not be accepted. 041b061a72


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