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Physical Agility Testing
All of the Tasks must be completed in (7) minutes or less for a passing score. Check with each city you are applying for to find out their established times for the physical agility.

The firefighter’s physical agility test consists of the following tasks over a timed course:

TASK 1 - Stair Climb with High Rise Pack
Carry a high-rise standpipe pack (2-50 foot sections of 1 1/2-inch hose weighing 50 pounds) to the third floor of the fire tower. Deposit the hose in the designated location. After Task 2 is completed, this hose will be returned down the stairs to the starting location.

TASK 2 - Hose Hoist
From a third story window, using a hand motion hoist a 50 foot donut roll of 2 1/2 inch hose (about 50 pounds) connected by 5/8 inch rope. This task will be completed twice.

TASK 3 - Forcible Entry
Using the Keiser Force Machine, and a nine-pound hammer, drive a steel beam 5 feet.

TASK 4 - Hose Advance
Pick up the nozzle and move a 1 3/4-inch charged hose straightforward 75 feet.

TASK 5 - Victim Rescue
Drag a 175 pound dummy a distance of 100 feet. 50 feet one way a turn, then 50 feet back. 

Auburn Career Center will issue a certificate of completion indicating the time it takes to complete the tasks. The participants will be responsible for taking their certificate of completion to the jurisdiction for which they are applying. The certificates will be valid for one year. Applicants must be sure that the fire departments where they are applying for a position will accept the certificate as their standard.

Prerequisites for Firefighter Agility Testing:
  1. Must show photo proof of identification after passing the test. An Ohio Driver’s License or State Identification Card is acceptable.
  2. Must read and sign a waiver of liability.
  3. Must complete a registration form and pay a $65.00 course fee prior to the test date.
  4. Must be in excellent physical health. A physician’s exam is not required but is highly recommended.
The firefighter’s agility testing will be conducted outdoors. Applicants will be required to wear five-pound ankle weights to simulate the weight of firefighter turn out gear. An air tank will be worn during testing for weight only; it will not be used for breathing air. Applicants must furnish their own gloves. Gloves will not be provided, failure to bring gloves will result in the candidate not being permitted to test, no refunds will be given due to a student not being prepared. A firefighter helmet must be worn. Helmets will be furnished. It is suggested that applicants wear physical training gear with long pants and athletic shoes with good traction.

Firefighting is physically demanding and at times extremely hazardous. Candidates are encouraged to do pretesting exercises that will assist them in completing the agility test.

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