Firefighting is a challenging and physically demanding job. Specific levels of physical conditioning are required to successfully perform the job functions of a Firefighter. The Virginia Beach Fire Department will utilize CPAT to assess each candidate’s physical ability to complete critical firefighting tasks effectively and safely. Click here to view the CPAT Prep Manual.
CPAT Orientation: February 10, 2014, EVERY HOUR ON THE HOUR from 9:00am to 5:00pm. [Last session begins at 4:00PM]
CPAT Orientation Address:
1210 Scholastic Way
Chesapeake, VA 23323
Attendance is not mandatory, but is recommended if you are not familiar with the CPAT. The orientation will include a short video on the CPAT followed by a tour of each of the eight stations that make up the test: Stair Climb, Hose Drag, Equipment Carry, Ladder Raise and Extension, Forcible Entry, Search and Rescue, and Ceiling Breach and Pull. View each station and details about the CPAT Orientation here.
TEST DATES: April 21 through April 26, 2014, from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Sign up details will be provided via email.
You will be required to present valid identification and sign a number of forms before taking the CPAT. To facilitate check-in, please print and sign these forms:
Bring these with you to CPAT. At the conclusion of the CPAT, you may be required to sign additional forms. If you fail to complete and sign any of these forms, you fail the CPAT. If you do not complete the CPAT in the prescribed time limit, you fail the CPAT. Those who fail will be encouraged to join the CPAT Mentoring Program.
MENTORING PROGRAM: Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 28 through July 18, 2014, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.
Attending the Mentoring Program is not mandatory, but is encouraged. Candidates may attend as many mentoring sessions as they wish. Candidates will be trained in the skills to complete the CPAT test, including how to achieve the fitness levels needed to be firefighters. The Mentoring Program also allows candidates to participate in Timed Trials.
TIMED TRIALS: June 20, 2014, from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
In these trials, the candidates are allowed to take as much time as necessary to complete the entire course. However, if the candidate does successfully complete the CPAT within the time limit, it will count as an official "Pass," and the candidate will not have to retake the CPAT. Unsuccessful candidates can continue to participate in the Mentoring Program and will have to sign up for the Final Test.
FINAL TEST: July 21 and 22, 2014, from 9:00am to 4:00pm.
DEADLINE TO SIGN UP: TBD
The Final Test dates are for candidates who have not yet been successful. This is the last opportunity to take the CPAT with VBFD. Unsuccessful candidates will be disqualified from the process.
NOTE: VBFD will also accept valid CPAT cards from candidates who test anytime between February 1, 2014 and July 31, 2014. Pass cards/certificates from other IAFF-licensed agencies must be received by Fire HR no later than 5:00PM EST, Thursday, July 31, 2014.