CPAT Event: Ladder Raise & Extension
Purpose of Evaluation

This event is designed to simulate the critical tasks of placing a ground ladder at a fire structure and extending the ladder to the roof or window. This event challenges candidate’s aerobic capacity, upper body muscular strength, lower body muscular strength, balance, grip strength, and anaerobic endurance. This event affects the aerobic and anaerobic energy systems as well as the following muscle groups: biceps, deltoids, upper back, trapezius, muscles of the forearm and hand (grip), glutes, quadriceps, and hamstrings.

Equipment
  • Two 24-foot (7.32-m) aluminum ground ladders.
  • Pivoting bracket for ladder raise.
  • Retractable Safety Lanyard for ladder raise.
  • Attaching brackets for ladder extension.
Event Description
  • During this event, the candidate walks to the top rung of the 24-foot (7.32-m) aluminum extension ladder, lifts the unhinged end from the ground, and walks it up until it is stationary against the wall. This must be done in a hand-over-hand fashion, using each rung until the ladder is stationary against the wall. The candidate must not use the ladder rails to raise the ladder.
  • The candidate immediately proceeds to the pre-positioned and secured 24-foot (7.32-m) aluminum extension ladder, stands with both feet within the marked box of 36 inches x 36 inches (91.44 cm x 91.44 cm) and extends the fly section hand-over-hand until it hits the stop. The candidate then lowers the fly section hand-over-hand in a controlled fashion to the starting position. This concludes the event.
  • The candidate walks 85 feet (25.91 m) within the established walkway to the next event.
Failures
  • If the candidate misses any rung during the raise, one warning is given. The second infraction constitutes a failure, the test time is concluded and the candidate fails the test.
  • If the candidate allows the ladder to fall to the ground or the safety lanyard is activated because the candidate completely releases the grip on the ladder, the test time is concluded and the candidate fails the test.
  • If during the ladder extension, candidate's feet do not remain within marked boundary lines, one warning is given. The second infraction constitutes a failure, the test time is concluded and the candidate fails the test.
  • If the candidate fails to maintain control of the ladder in a hand-over-hand manner, or lets the rope lanyard slip in an uncontrolled manner, their 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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