Physical Ability Test

Test Completion

This test is designed to see if individuals are physically able to perform the job of firefighter for the Town of Mount Pleasant. This test is required of all personnel that are issued bunker gear and have an opportunity to be involved in the mitigation of an emergency scene.

The PAT consists of ten (10) events completed in order. The PAT is a timed event. Completion of the PAT is mandatory for candidates seeking employment as a firefighter with the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department. The course design and time limit are set by Fire & Police Selection, Inc. (FPSI). If there are multiple participants testing at the same time, each one will have their own timekeeper (proctor). The proctor will be accountable for their participant's time and welfare. This will include positive encouragement, injury prevention, and hydration if necessary.

If already employed the completion of the event is required annually. New applicants must sign a wavier prior to taking the test.

  • Required Equipment: Appropriate attire (i.e., shorts, sweats, shoes, etc.)
  • Equipment provided by Town of Mount Peasant: Bunker jacket, helmet, gloves, knee pads, and mock self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA)


All events will be completed in appropriate attire and equipment provided. Time will commence at the beginning of station 1 and end after finishing station 10. The passing time limit is eight minutes and five second (8:05).

Event 1 - Charged Hose Advancement

Candidate advances pre-connected 1.75-inch charged hose line for 70 feet. This event simulates extending a charged offensive hose line to the seat of a fire for firefighting operations.

Event 2 - Roof Walk

Candidate ascends and descends a 9-foot distance walking/crawling on the rungs of a roof ladder while carrying a chainsaw. This event simulates walking on a straight ladder with the appropriate equipment in order to perform ventilation operations.

Event 3 - Dry Hose Advancement

Candidate advances pre-connected 1.75-inch dry hose line for 130 feet. This event simulates extending a dry offensive hose line from an apparatus to a fire scene for firefighting operations.

Event 4 - Roof Ventilation

Candidate positions themselves on a pitched roof top and strikes the roof 30 times with a sledge hammer. This event simulates making a ventilation opening in a roof with an axe or sledge hammer in order to ventilate a fire.

Event 5 - Ladder Removal/Carry

Candidate removes a 14-foot aluminum roof ladder from mounted hooks, carries the ladder 50 feet around a diamond shaped course, and replaces the ladder to the mounted hooks. The weight of the ladder is 33 lbs. This event simulates removing a straight ladder from an apparatus, carrying it to the site of use, and replacing it on the apparatus.

Event 6 - Victim Removal

Candidate carries or drags a 165-pound rescue manikin for 26 feet. This event simulates removing an injured or unconscious victim from a hazardous area.

Event 7 - Crawl Search

Candidate crawls on the ground for a distance of 56 feet. This event simulates crawling while conducting search and rescue in a burning structure.

Event 8 - Halyard Raise

Candidate raises and lowers the fly section of a 24-foot aluminum extension ladder with a halyard. This event simulates raising and lowering the fly section of 24-foot ladder in order to access higher floors for rescue, ventilation, and other firefighting operations.

Event 9 - Attic Crawl

Candidate crawls a distance of 20 feet across a simulated attic area while carrying a flashlight in his/her hands. This event simulates walking/crawling on joists in an attic to search for the extension of a fire.

Event 10 - Stair Climb with Tools

Candidate walks 285 feet to the entrance of the burn tower. Candidate ascends and descends one flight of stairs three times with an axe. This event simulates climbing stairs with fire entry tools in order to fight fires in multiple-story buildings.