Implementation of the Firefighter Physical Aptitude Job-Related Tests

On June 5, 2019, Ontario Fire Administration Inc. (OFAI) will implement the Firefighter Physical Aptitude Job-Related Tests (FPAT) as part of the Stage Three assessment. The Firefighter Physical Aptitude Job-Related Tests will replace the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT).

The FPAT is comprised of six tests that evaluate an individual’s ability to complete the essential physical demands of structural firefighting.

The following is a list of the six tests:

1. Equipment Carry/Vehicle Extrication
2. Charged Hose Advance
3. Weighted Sled Pull
4. Forcible Entry Simulation
5. Victim Rescue
6. Ladder Climb

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. 

For detailed information on the FPAT including videos, training suggestions and testing procedures, please review the Stage Three pre-assessment guide found on our website https://www.ofai.ca/sites/default/files/files/OFAI%20Stage%20Three%20FPAT%20and%20FFTS%20Pre-Assessment%20Guide%20%282019%29%20%28merged%29.pdf.

Once the FPAT is implemented, a singular Stage Three certificate will no longer be issued. The FPAT will be Stage Three, Part One and the Firefighter Technical Skills (FFTS) will be Stage Three, Part Two. Part One and Part Two of Stage Three will have their own certificate, each with a 12 month validity. Both of these certificates will be required to have a full Stage Three.  

There will be a transition period for approximately one year where candidates will have either one or two Stage Three certificates. Our municipal fire service partners understand this and will accept either certificate(s) during this time. This means that if you are currently certified for Stage Three, you do not have to attempt the new testing until your current Stage Three certificate expires.

For candidates who have currently passed their CPAT and are attempting to pass the FFTS, we will continue to honour the CPAT if you pass your FFTS in the required six months. If you do not pass your FFTS within the six months, you will be required to restart Stage Three as per our policy.

With the introduction of the FPAT, we will also be removing the trunk flexibility and sit-up assessments from Stage Two, Part Two: Clinical Assessment.  This means that as of June 5, the encapsulated treadmill protocol will be the only assessment remaining in the Clinical.

If you have any questions about these changes, please contact our office at 905-426-6756 or by email to info@ofai.ca

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