Changes to Stage Three Assessment and Call for Participants

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This spring, Ontario Fire Administration Inc. (OFAI) will implement Firefighter Physical Aptitude Job-Related Tests as part of the Stage Three assessment. The Firefighter Physical Aptitude Job-Related Tests will replace the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT).

The Firefighter Physical Aptitude Job-Related Tests are comprised of six tests that evaluate an individual’s ability to complete the essential physical demands of structural firefighting. The tests are performed sequentially and timed independently. In order to achieve a pass, all six tests must be completed safely, correctly and in the prescribed amount of time.

The following is a list of the six tests:

1. Equipment Carry/Vehicle Extrication

Evaluates the muscular strength and endurance required to lift, carry and use heavy tools in rescue situations.

2. Charged Hose Advance

Assesses lower body strength and power for pulling and dragging.

3. Weighted Sled Pull

Assesses upper body strength, power, and endurance for pulling and hoisting.

4. Forcible Entry Simulation

Assesses muscle strength and power for striking.

5. Victim Rescue

Assesses upper and lower body muscle strength and endurance for pulling and dragging

6. Ladder Climb

Evaluates the leg strength and endurance required for climbing under load.

Videos of each of these tests can be found on the University of Alberta website by following this link:

These tests are not designed to evaluate technical competency, so candidates partake in a mandatory orientation to ensure there is a familiarization with the technical expectations of each test. It is important to note that if a candidate is unsuccessful, it is because they cannot complete the test at an acceptable pace and NOT because they are unfamiliar with the task.

The tests are performed in full personal protective equipment (PPE) that weighs approximately 23kg (51lb), depending on size. This ensemble includes: helmet, flash-hood, leather work gloves, coveralls, pants, boots, jacket, a safety harness and a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). Participants must carry the SCBA but are not on air.

Testing Trials: Call for Participants

As part of the implementation process of the Firefighter Physical Aptitude Job-Related Tests, the OFAI is hosting testing trials on Saturday, April 6, 2019 and Sunday, April 7, 2019. We are looking for candidate subjects to participate in the Firefighter Physical Aptitude Job-Related Tests at these trials.

If you are interested in participating, please complete the form below for consideration.  Please note that you MUST have a valid Stage Two, Part Two-Clinical Assessment certificate to participate in these trials. There will be no fee to candidates participating in these trials. Candidates who successfully complete the Firefighter Physical Aptitude Job-Related Tests will receive a Stage Three, Part One Firefighter Physical Aptitude Job-Related Tests certificate, valid for one year. 

Only candidates selected for the trials will be notified by email, and provided further details during the week of March 11, 2019.

Following the trials, an updated communication will be sent to all candidates outlining detailed information about the Firefighter Physical Aptitude Job-Related Tests as well as its implementation date into the OFAI CTS process. 
If you have any questions, please contact our office at 905-426-6756 or by email to

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