Below is a specific assessment protocol for the Houston Fire Department in Texas. This information is presented for discussion and may be out of date - for the latest information see official sources. There is also a general Fire Service Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) used by many US Fire Departments.
Houston Fire Department Assessment Tests
The Houston Fire Department uses a job-related physical ability test designed to test determine if an applicant has the strength and endurance needed to perform the job duties of a firefighter. These job duties require balance, coordination, strength, endurance, and cardiovascular fitness. Applicants will be tested over seven (7) timed, pass/fail events while wearing gloves and an air pack
- Balance Beam Walk
- Ladder Extension
- Stair Climb
- Equipment Hoist
- Portable Equipment Carry
- Rescue Attempt
- 1.5 Mile Run
- USA Fire Service Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)
- See the other pages on fitness testing for: Navy, Army, Air Force, Law Enforcement (Police), and general forces tests.