CPAT Event: Forcible Entry
Purpose of Evaluation

This event is designed to simulate the critical tasks of using force to open a locked door or to breach a wall. This event challenges the candidate's aerobic capacity, upper body muscular strength and endurance, lower body muscular strength and endurance, balance, grip strength and endurance, and anaerobic endurance. This event affects the aerobic and anaerobic energy systems as well as the following muscle groups: quadriceps, glutes, triceps, upper back, trapezius, and muscles of the forearm and hand (grip).

  • Forcible Entry Machine.
  • 10-pound (4.54-kg) Sledgehammer.
  • Toe-Box.
Event Description
  • During this event, the candidate uses a 10-pound (4.54-kg) sledgehammer and strikes the measuring device in the target area until the buzzer signal is activated.
  • The candidate's feet must remain outside the toe-box.
  • After the buzzer is activated, the candidate places the sledgehammer on the ground. This concludes the event.
  • The candidate walks 85 feet (25.91 m) within the established walkway to the next event.
  • If the candidate does not maintain control of the sledgehammer and releases it from both hands while swinging, it constitutes a failure, the test time is concluded and the candidate fails the test.
  • If the candidate steps inside the toe-box, one warning is given. 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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