The Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Department frequently administers the Candidate Physical Ability Test to hire firefighters. The test was developed as a fair and valid evaluation tool to assist in the selection of firefighters and to ensure all firefighter candidates possess the physical ability to complete critical tasks effectively and safely.

Eight test events
During the entire test, candidates must wear a 50-pound weighted vest (simulating the weight of a firefighter’s protective clothing and equipment). The eight events are:
  • Ceiling pull (locating fire and checking for extension)
  • Equipment carry (removing and carrying equipment from fire apparatus to fireground)
  • Forcible entry (penetrating a locked door, breaching a wall)
  • Hose drag (stretching uncharged hoselines, advancing lines)
  • Ladder raise and extension (placing a ground ladder at the fire scene and extending the ladder to the roof or a window)
  • Rescue drag (removing victim or partner from a fire building)
  • Search (crawling through dark, unpredictable areas to search for victims)
  • Stair climb (climbing stairs while carrying an additional 25-pound simulated hose pack)
The Candidate Physical Ability Test has been reviewed and utilized by fire departments throughout the United States and Canada. 
The Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Department will hold it's next CPAT on Aug. 13, 2016 at 303 Malibu St.  The cost is $140, which includes an orientation on June 11 at 1335 Park St. and a practice session on July 16 at 303 Malibu St.
Register or call 303-660-1066, if you have any questions regarding the test.