CPAT Event: Rescue
Purpose of Evaluation

This event is designed to simulate the critical task of removing a victim or injured partner from a fire scene. 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, trapezius, deltoids, latissimus dorsi, biceps, and muscles of the forearm and hand (grip).

  • 165-pound (75.84-kg) Mannequin (unclothed).
  • Mannequin harness.
  • 55-gallon [US] (208.2-liter) weighted drum.
Event Description
  • During this event, the candidate grasps a 165-pound(74.84-kg) mannequin by the handle(s) on the shoulder(s) of the harness (either one or both handles are permitted), and drags it 35 feet (10.67 m) to a pre-positioned drum.
  • The candidate then makes a 180° turn around the drum, and continues an additional 35 feet (10.67 m) to the finish line.
  • The candidate's movement is monitored through the maze. If for any reason, the candidate chooses to end the event, the candidate calls out or raps sharply on the wall or ceiling and the candidate is then assisted out.
  • The candidate is not permitted to grasp or rest on the drum.
  • It is permissible for the mannequin to touch the drum.
  • The candidate is permitted to drop and release the mannequin and adjust the grip.
  • The entire mannequin must be dragged past the marked finish line. This concludes the event.
  • The candidate walks 85 feet (25.91m) within the established walkway to the next event.
  • If the candidate grasps or rests on the drum at any time, 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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