CPAT Event: Equipment Carry
Purpose of Evaluation

This event is designed to simulate the critical tasks of removing power tools from a fire engine, carrying them to the emergency scene and returning the equipment to the fire apparatus. This event challenges the candidate's aerobic capacity, upper body muscular strength and endurance, lower body muscular endurance, grip endurance, and balance. This event affects the aerobic energy system as well as the following muscle groups: biceps, deltoids, upper back, trapezius, muscles of the forearm and hand (grip), glutes, quadriceps, and hamstrings.

  • Rescue Circular Saw 32 ± 3 lbs (14.5 ± 1.3 kg).
  • Chain Saw 28 ± 3 lbs (12.7 ± 1.3 kg) blades guarded, fluids drained, spark plugs removed.
  • Tool Cabinet.
  • 55-gallon [US] (208.2 liter) weighted drum.
Event Description
  • During this event, the candidate removes the tow saws from the tool cabinet, one at a time, and places them on the ground.
  • The candidate then picks up both saws, one in each hand, and carries them while walking 75 feet (22.86m) around the drum, then back to the starting point. The candidate is permitted to place the saw(s) on the ground and adjust the grip.
  • Upon return to the tool cabinet, the candidate places the saws on the ground, then picks up each saw one at a time, and replaces the saw in the designated space in the cabinet. This concludes the event.
  • The candidate walks 85 feet (25.91 m) within the established walkway to the next event.
  • If the candidate drops either saw on the ground during the carry, the test time is concluded and the candidate fails the test.
  • The candidate receives one warning for running. 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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