What is your department's agility test like?
the subject line speaks for itself.
At my department you have to:
1) Don full gear and go on air
2) Pull 5" line and a hydrant bag 100 ft, then make connections to hydrant
3) Drag the heavy dummy 100 ft
4) pull a 1.75 charged line 100 ft
5) carry a smoke ejector 100 ft and hang it in a doorway
6) millitary press a heavy ladder
7) climb and descend the ladder on the aerial, which is set at a 70 degree incline.
Don't take longer than 15 minutes and don't run out of air.
In Full turnouts with airpack (not on air to start):
1. Pull 5" hose with humat valve 20' to hydrant and hook up.
2. Go on air.
3. Carry 200 ft 2 1/2" hose 200 feet.
4. Pick up haligan and go up and down 1 flight of steps 4 times.
5. Advance 1 3/4" handline 100 feet and flow water.
6. Raise ground ladder to height of 20", pick up axe, climb to top and lock in, climb down and lower ladder.
7. Using sledge hammer, strike 10 foot long 6 x 6 beam moving it 10 feet.
8. Walk back to engine, test ends.
There is no time limit on test, but it must be completed on one tank of air.
Being a volunteer dept, we have none. We have basic requirements to ride without waiting for an officer's permission, but no physical requirements. They say too many people would quit if something like that was instituted. I think that a rule like that would scare off the dead weight and leave the people who really want to be there.
There are people who want to fight the fire and then there are people who want to be at the fire. I'd rather ride with 3 other motivated people than 6 other people who not motivated.
Ours is done wearing an scba but not on air. Wearing athletic clothes and comfortable shoes, no turnouts unless you're like me and have a masocistic side.
Event 1: Climb aerial that is extended to 85 feet, not sure of the angle, but it's kind of steep. Time limit is 4 minutes. I don't recall ever seeing anyone fail this section and it usually takes about a minute and a half for most people. Once the safety harness comes off you get a two minute rest before the start of the next event.
Event 2: This is one continuous course. Candidate starts about 30 feet from the training tower with a 100 foot hose bundle on their shoulder. At the start signal they go into the tower and climb to the fourth floor where they deposit the hose bundle at the top of the steps. They proceed to the opposite corner of the building and raise a 40# weight up to the window sill level then lower it back down, automatic DQ for letting the rope slip through the hands on the way back down. They then pick the hose bundle back up and go down the steps, automatic DQ for skipping steps on the way down. They then exit the tower and cross back over the start line where they deposit the hose bundle on the ground. Then they go back to the tower and take a ladder off of hooks on the wall and set it on the ground. Next they take another ladder and raise it up against the side of the building. From there they go to a third ladder and raise the fly section to full extension then lower it back down, again no letting the rope slip. They then lower the second ladder back down to the ground and replace the first ladder back onto the hooks. (Now comes the hard part.) Once done with the ladders they hop onto a Kaiser Force Machine and use an 8# sledge hammer to drive the weight the full length of the machine. If they have any energy left they then go to a fire hydrant prop and turn the hydrant wrench 12 turns clockwise, DQ for going over a fault line. After the hydrant they drag a metal sled 100 feet. Wait, we're not done yet!! The last part of this section is to roll a 100' section of five inch hose. Time limit for all this you ask? Six minutes and twenty five seconds. Someone in good shape that is at least somewhat familiar with the time saving techniques for all this can usually do it in around five minutes. Last time I did it I ran it in six even, but that was in turnouts and breathing off the scba. At the end the candidate gets a two minute rest and removes the scba.
Event 3: Candidate crawls 30' down a 3' diameter tube knocks on the end cap and comes back out. Time limit is two and a half minutes but most people only take about thirty seconds.
Recently the powers that be have started trying to require that the participant lower their heart rate to below 100 bpm within a half hour as a measure of how fit they really are. An out of shape person can accomplish all this but be pretty wiped out for the rest of the day.
Sound like fun? If it does I must be telling it wrong.:)
Ours is this:
Wearing turnout coat, helmet, gloves, and SCBA (not on air).
Walk from start line 300', then climb stairs to the fourth floor of the tower (hitting every step). Hoist a 50' roll of cotton jacket, brass coupled 2 1/2" to the fourth floor. Decend from the tower, hitting every step. On to station 2.
leave the tower and walk to the rear of a pickup, which is located on the other side of the tower. The pickup is 6' from the wall. You remove 7 rolls of cotton jacket 2 1/2" (glad we run synthetic on the rigs!), one at a time to the wall. then all back in the truck bed, then to the wall, then to the truck bed a second time. On to station 3.
pick up the sledge hammer (8lb.) and strike the ground level prop 50 times. on to Station 4.
advance 150' of 1 3/4" charged hose line. Actual drag distance is 100'. Set nozzle on ground at line. On to Station 5.
Pick up 100' 1 3/4" hose bundle, shoulder load it, and carry it 150' to the start/finish line.
Test complete. We just ran a hiring list through the PAT. The time limit tocomplete the test was a maximum of 6 minutes. The time is the average of the times posted by all members of our department, including chiefs. Some taking it pass easily, others don't complete in time, and others don't complete.
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