Effective January 1, 2001, the Portland Fire Department has adopted the Candidate Physical Ability Test® developed by the International Association of Fire Fighters and the International Association of Fire Chiefs.
Candidates for firefighter and paramedic firefighter positions will be subject to this test.
The CPAT consists of simulated firefighting tasks that must be completed in 10 minutes and 20 seconds or less. It is a pass / fail test. A higher ranking on the eligibility list is not achieved by completing it in less time.
A guide to the CPAT test and requirements downloaded HERE
Orientation / Practice Sessions
CPAT orientation and practice sessions will be held at least eight weeks before any test is given. During these sessions a video describing the test is shown and the test course and equipment are available for candidates to practice with. Candidates will have an opportunity to take a practice test if they wish.
CPAT testing will be scheduled between twelve and fifteen weeks after administration of the written entry exam.
For further information or questions please contact Fire Department Administrative Offices at 207-874-8400.