CPAT Event: Hose Drag
Purpose of Evaluation

This event is designed to simulate the critical tasks of dragging an uncharged hoseline from the fire engine to the fire occupancy and pulling an uncharged hoseline around obstacles while remaining stationary. This event challenges the candidate’s aerobic capacity, lower body muscular strength and endurance, upper back 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, calves, lower back stabilizers, biceps, deltoids, upper back, and muscles of the forearm and hand (grip).

  • 200 feet (60 m) of double jacketed 1 ¾-inch (44-mm) hose. The hose is marked at 8 feet (2.44 m) past the coupling at the nozzle, and at 50 feet (15.24 m) past the coupling at the nozzle.
  • Automatic Nozzle (6 lbs. [± 1 lb.](3 kg [± .5 kg])).
  • Two 55-gallon [US] (208.2-liter) drums secured together. The bottom drum is filled with water or other ballast for weight.
Event Description
  • During this event, the candidate grasps an automatic nozzle attached to 200 feet (60 m) of 1 ¾-inch (44-mm) hose.
  • The candidate places the hoseline over the shoulder or across the chest, not exceeding the 8-foot (2.44-m) mark.
  • The candidate drags the hose 75 feet (22.86 m) to a pre-positioned drum, makes a 90° turn around the drum and continues an additional 25 feet (7.62 m).
  • The candidate is permitted to run during the hose drag.
  • The candidate then stops within the marked 5 foot x 7 foot (1.52m x 2.13 m) box, drops to at least one knee and pulls the hoseline until the hoseline’s 50-foot (15.24-m) mark is across the finish line.
  • During the hose pull, the candidate must keep at least one knee in contact with the ground and knee(s) must remain within the marked boundary lines. This concludes the event.
  • The candidate walks 85 feet (25.91 m) within the established boundary to the next event.
  • During the hose drag, if the candidate fails to go around the drum or goes outside of the marked path (cones), the test time is concluded and the candidate fails the test.
  • During the hose pull, the candidate is warned if at least one knee is not kept in contact with the ground. 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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