The Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) is the recognized standard for measuring an individual’s ability to handle the physical demands of being a firefighter in California. The timed test measures how candidates handle eight separate events, all designed to mirror the on-the-job tasks of an entry-level firefighter.
FCTC maintains a list of eligible candidates that is used by over 160 California fire departments in their hiring processes. Candidates on the SEL are considered for employment by fire agencies across the state.
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