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    Make sure you are in good physical condition. Many departments want more than just a pass or fail. The pass rate is one thing - being in good shape is another....

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    • #17
      Originally posted by jgraham View Post
      Make sure you are in good physical condition. Many departments want more than just a pass or fail. The pass rate is one thing - being in good shape is another....
      Amen!!

      It’s not uncommon for some agencies to have “scouts” to watch for those at their CPAT who are struggling at the finish line, going to the whip where a photo finish was needed and those who breeze through. It’s not uncommon during an agility to see candidates run out of steam, air and ability. Some fall, get injured and require medical attention. Not pretty.

      The agility is certainly another part of the interview process. It would be hard pressed for an agency to turn someone down who had a passing time in this “pass/fail” event but you don’t always know what’s going on behind the scenes.

      Many candidates feel if they set some kind of a record it will help in hiring. Not true! It is pass or fail. The secret “Nugget” here is to pace yourself. You don’t have to break the record. If you would have no problem in passing the physical, then, why would you want to try and impress the training staff, the other candidates and tout that you set a new record? In your haste, you might injure yourself or fall down the stairs in the tower . . . and, you don’t even pass. Now, you not only didn’t pass the agility, you’re out of the hiring process. How would you feel?

      Are You Ready for the fire Academy?

      CPAT officials will tell you Just because you passed the physical agility doesn’t mean you are ready for the fire academy or you will be a good firefighter. Whether you agree or not, the physical agility has been watered down to be politically correct. Departments know this. So, the training division is going to put you through the wringer to make sure you can do the job before you go on line. If you can’t keep up they will wash you out.

      Training officers have told me the problem is candidates might be able to complete one evolution but the wheels start coming of the wagon when the have to do the same evolution two, three, four times or more and then move on to another evolution multiple times. Some candidates just haven't built up their endurance before they show up for the academy.

      You have to maintain good physical conditioning during your probation and through out your career. It can be hard getting this job. It can become difficult keeping it!

      Showing up at the academy is not the time to start getting ready. You need to be in shape and hit the ground running. It’s tough enough getting a job. Keeping it can be a challenge. If you are let go by one department, it is going to be difficult if not impossible to get another department to take a chance on you.
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