WFS receives many inquiries about the Candidate Physical Ability Test developed by the International Association of Fire Fighters and the International Association of Fire Chiefs. Who is using it, and what have the results been? How can candidates best train for it?
FDNY Captain Brenda Berkman ( former WFS Board President) has been working to develop a model CPAT training program, as well as to track those fire departments (or other employers) that are using the CPAT but were not among the ten departments involved with the IAFF/IAFC in developing the CPAT.* She would also like to hear about agencies that are using the CPAT for purposes other than hiring: for example, as an academy graduation requirement, or as an incumbent "maintenance" standard.
Please contact WFS if you have information about local/departmental training programs for the CPAT, or use of the CPAT by your department or hiring authority. Statistics on the pass/fail rates of men and women would also be helpful.
*Those original ten departments were:
Los Angeles County, California
Miami Dade, Florida
Charlotte, North Carolina
New York City, New York
Fairfax County, Virginia
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