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Component 1: Tower ladder climb – This component is not timed. Even though this component is not timed, the candidate is not permitted to stop while going up or coming down the ladder. If the candidate stops, his/her proctor will begin counting. If the proctor reaches five, the candidate will receive a verbal warning. If the candidate receives three verbal warnings while on the ladder, he/she will be disqualified as a candidate for employment with the SFD.
Component 2: Job-Simulation Tasks – These tasks represent basic skills that do not require training or previous experience as a firefighter to successfully complete. There is a 12 minute time limit for this component. If the candidate does not complete this component within the time limit, he/she will be disqualified as a candidate for employment with the SFD.
COMPONENT 1: Tower Ladder Climb: The Tower Ladder will be fully extended to 100’ and set at an angle of 65-70 degrees. Each candidate will be provided a pair of gloves, a helmet, and a safety belt. The candidate must be wearing all of the provided safety equipment, before he/she begins the climb. The candidate will also be attached to a safety line. The candidate will start the climb when instructed to do so by his/her proctor. The candidate must climb to the top of the ladder, touching the top rung. He/she will then climb down the ladder until he/she reaches the platform at the bottom of the ladder. REMEMBER: There is no time limit, so you may take your time, but you must remain in continuous motion.
Once the candidate steps from the ladder to the turntable, the recovery/transition period begins. During this period, the candidate will have 2 minutes and 30 seconds to prepare for Component 2. He/she will remove their safety equipment, except gloves, move to the PAT start line, and put on a 40lb weighted vest. The vest and gloves must be worn for the remainder of the PAT. The assigned proctor may physically assist the candidate during this transition period. This will be the last time during the PAT, the proctor may physically assist the candidate. Once the 2:30 transition period ends, Component 2 begins.
COMPONENT 2: Job-Simulation Tasks: There are 12 sections to this component. REMEMBER: There is a 12 minute time limit from the time the proctor gives the “Go” command until the candidate crosses the finish line.
Section 1: 100’ section of 5” Hose Drag - On the “GO” command, the candidate will pick up the 5” hose coupling, placing it over their shoulder and drag the hose 100’ to the designated drop point. Candidate will then set the coupling down on the ground and move approximately 5’ to begin section 2.
Section 2: Simulated Equipment Carry - One 35lb and one 40lb kettlebell will be utilized as simulated equipment. At the start of section 2, the KBs will be sitting inside a 2’x2’ square (Equipment box). Each time the kettlebells are delivered to their destination, they will be placed in a designated equipment box, EB. As you begin section 2, the 40lb kettlebell will be on the right side of the EB and the 35lb kettlebell will be on the left side, you may however switch sides at any time during the course. You may also sit the kettlebells down at any time you feel it necessary to rest or to adjust your grip. One kettlebell will be carried in each hand, with arms extended by your side. At no time while carrying the kettlebells, may you carry them in any other manner. To begin section 2, the kettlebells will be picked up and carried 100’ and then placed in the next designated EB. The candidate will then move approximately 10’ to begin section 3.
Section 3: Simulated Forcible Entry, Keiser Sled - The candidate will pick up the 9-lb sledgehammer and then straddle the Keiser I-beam by standing on the foot walks. He/she will then strike the Keiser I-beam with the sledgehammer. The objective is to drive the I-beam the length of the track. It takes an average of twenty to twenty-five strikes to move the I-beam five feet. Your proctor will inform you, when the back of the I-beam reaches the end of the track. Once this occurs, you will dismount the Keiser and move back to the kettlebells for section 4.
Section 4: Simulated Equipment Carry Upstairs - The candidate will pick up the kettlebells and move to the top level of the drill tower, where he/she will place the kettlebells in the designated EB. He/she will then move to the railing on the top level for section 5. BE ADVISED: The candidate may sit the KBs down to rest, as he/she is going up or coming down the drill tower; however he/she MUST maintain control of the kettlebells. If the candidate drops a KB from the drill tower, he/she will have to retrieve the kettlebell from wherever it lands without assistance, possibly resulting in their disqualification. The drill tower is five levels high. Ten stairs separate each level.
Section 5: 3” Hose Raise - Once the candidate is standing next to the railing. He/she will grasp the ½” rope which is tied to the railing. The other end of the rope is tied to a 3” hose on the ground, directly below the candidate. The candidate will raise the hose by pulling the rope, using the hand over hand technique, until the hose passes over the railing of the top level. The candidate will then place the hose on the landing next to the rail. The hand over hand technique must be used for raising and lowering the hose without the rope passing directly over the railing.
Section 6: Simulated Equipment Carry Downstairs - The candidate will pick up the kettlebells from section 4. He/she will then carry the kettlebells down the stairs until he/she reaches the ground. The candidate will sit the kettlebells down in the designated EB, which will be next to the high rise hose pack.
Section 7: High Rise Hose Carry Upstairs – The candidate will pick up the high-rise hose pack (approximately 30lbs) and place it across his/her shoulders. The candidate will then carry the high rise pack to the top level of the drill tower and place it on the landing in the designated EB. He/she will then move to the railing on the top level for section 8
Section 8: 2 ½” Hose Lower – The candidate will lift the 3” hose (from section 5) from the landing and place it on the top rail. He/she will then lower the hose, using the hand over hand method, until the hose is on the ground. The candidate must maintain control of the hose at all times.
Section 9: High Rise Hose Carry Downstairs - The candidate will pick up the high rise hose pack (from section 7) and place it across his/her shoulders. The candidate will then carry the high rise hose pack downstairs, placing it next to the kettlebells on the ground.
Section 10: Simulated Equipment Carry - The candidate will pick up the kettlebells and move them approximately 25’ and then place them in the designated EB next to the mannequin.
Section 11: Simulated Victim Rescue (Mannequin Drag) - The candidate will lift the mannequin by whatever means necessary (except by its feet) to drag/move it 50’ to the distant cone, then passing around the cone, dragging/moving the mannequin back 50’ to its original start line.
Part 12: Simulated Equipment Carry - The candidate will pick up the kettlebells and carry them 200’ as quickly as possible, to the finish line.
This concludes the SFD PAT.
We advise all candidates to consult their personal physician prior to participating in the SFD PAT. Spring Fire Department does not accept liability for physical or medical conditions experienced by any candidate as a result of the SFD PAT. Each candidate must sign a statement accepting personal liability for such conditions before participating in the SFD PAT.
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