CPAT Event: Ceiling Breach & Pull
Purpose of Evaluation

This event is designed to simulate the critical task of breaching and pulling down a ceiling to check for fire extension. This event challenges the candidate's aerobic capacity, upper and lower body muscular strength and endurance, grip strength and endurance, and anaerobic endurance. This event affects the aerobic and anaerobic energy systems as well as the following muscle groups: quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes, abdominals, torso rotators, lower back stabilizers, deltoids, trapezius, triceps, biceps, and muscles of the forearm and hand (grip).

  • Ceiling Breach and Pull Device
  • 6-foot (1.83-m) Pike Pole
Event Description
  • During this event, the candidate removes the pike pole from the bracket, stands within the boundary established by the equipment frame, and places the end of the pole on the painted area of the hinged door in the ceiling.
  • During this event, the candidate fully pushes up the hinged door in the ceiling with the pike pole three times.
  • The candidate then hooks the pike pole to the ceiling device and pulls the pole down five times.
  • Each set consists of three pushes and five pulls. The candidate repeats the set four times.
  • The candidate is permitted to stop and, if needed, adjust the grip. Releasing the grip or slipping from pike pole handle, without the pike pole falling to ground, does not result in a warning or constitute a failure. The candidate may re-establish the grip and resume the event.
  • If the candidate does not successfully complete a repetition, the proctor calls out "MISS" and the candidate must push or pull the apparatus again to complete the repetition.
  • The event and the total test time ends when the applicant completes the final pull stroke repetition as indicated by the proctor who calls out "TIME."
  • One warning is given if the candidate drops the pike pole to the ground. If the candidate drops the pike pole, it must be picked it up without proctor assistance and the event is resumed. The second infraction constitutes a failure, the test time is concluded and the candidate fails the test.
The Eight Sequential CPAT Events
  1. Stair Climb
  2. Hose Drag
  3. Equipment Carry
  4. Ladder Raise and Extension
  5. Forcible Entry
  6. Search
  7. Rescue
  8. Ceiling Breach and Pull

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