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    are all CPAT test like this?

    http://www.charmeck.org/Departments/...tment/CPAT.htm

    just wondering we are not required to do them at my fire company? I've heard about some of them from some career. I think it's the only thing that has stopped me from applying, I'm kinda a fat guy (240lbs.) and just always figured it would kick my butt and wouldn't have a chance. Any suggestions?
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    All CPAT tests should be the same. The reason for the creation of the CPAT was to have a test that was uniform and approved by the Dept. of Labor and the Dept. of Justice to be reliable and and job related. If a department is conducting something not like what your link referred to, it's not a CPAT.

    My only issue with the CPAT is I think the time allowance is too long. If someone gets through the CPAT with a 10:19, (failure is 10:20), they will think they are in good enough shape to be successful in the fire academy. They will struggle greatly. I would like to see the time limt brought down to 9:30 or less. Besides the time, the test is okay for entry level physical fitness testing.

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    Your link won't work.

    I feel the same way, sort of. The test was designed to be uniform and fair. I disagree with the earlier cut off time. You have to draw the line somewhere. No matter where you draw the line, the person who has made it just under it will do the same thing. The time is a reasonable time and should not be changed.

    if you are a "slenderly disadvantaged" guy, I suggest to start working out to make the CPAT testing or consider another line of work. I wish you well, your rewards from it will be great.
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    Just a warning. Though I've not yet been through an academy, I've talked with many people who have, and they all agree that if you struggle with the CPAT, you should not even think about trying to go through a full academy without some serious physical training. You'll get killed.

    As one LAFD training Captain said to me: "The CPAT's a joke. My 12 year old could do the CPAT. It lasts 10 minutes, but the tower's 10 hours a day for 4 months."

    Just something to keep in mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JLam77 View Post
    Just a warning. . My 12 year old could do the CPAT.
    Yes that is correct. However, the good Captain failed to say that his daughter found firefighting not that challenging. So, she quit and is now a professional dodgeball player.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JLam77 View Post
    Just a warning. Though I've not yet been through an academy, I've talked with many people who have, and they all agree that if you struggle with the CPAT, you should not even think about trying to go through a full academy without some serious physical training. You'll get killed.

    As one LAFD training Captain said to me: "The CPAT's a joke. My 12 year old could do the CPAT. It lasts 10 minutes, but the tower's 10 hours a day for 4 months."

    Just something to keep in mind.

    I'm not sure about a 12 year old being able to do it, but, I will tell you this. Be in shape, and the PT sessions and physical evolutions will be much tougher than any CPAT. We looked forward to our CPAT days as we didn't have PT on those days..
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