During the recruitment process prospective applicants will be required to complete a Physical Aptitude Test (PAT) and Multi-Stage Fitness (BEEP) Test.
Firefighting is an inherently physical occupation. Many tasks require high levels of physical endurance, strength and power. On a daily basis, and during emergency responses, firefighters with ACTF&R may be tasked to carry and use hydraulic rescue tools, drag hoses, lift ladders and rescue incapacitated casualties. To ensure that firefighters are able to safely and competently complete physical work tasks, ACTF&R conducts the Physical Aptitude Testing (PAT) of all potential recruits.
Stages of the Physical Aptitude Test
- Balance Test
- Ladder Climb
- Tower Climb
- Height Anxiety Test
- Sensory Deprivation
- Hose Drag (50m hose reel)
- Container Lift
- Hose Hold and Advance
- Hydraulic Equipment Carry
- Team Member Rescue
Potential recruits will complete all stages of the PAT in the above sequence. Participants are to attend the PAT wearing long sleeve, full length pants and suitable (closed in) footwear. Athletic attire is fine to be worn, so long as it covers the full length of the body. Hat, sunglasses, sleeveless shirts are not to be worn to the PAT.
Multi-Stage Fitness (BEEP) Test
The BEEP test involves running continuously between two points that are 20 metres apart. The runs are synchronized with a pre-recorded audio. Level 9.6 must be obtained for the applicant to progress past Stage 6 of the recruitment process.
It is recommended potential applicants practice this test before undertaking this part of the recruitment process. There are several practice BEEP tests apps and videos that can be found by searching online.