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					     P.A.T.
     Physical Ability Test




   Monroe County Fire Rescue
Orientation and Preparation Guide
               Pre-Employment Physical Ability Test (P.A.T.)




This packet contains:
              1. Physician’s Statement
              2. Hold Harmless Agreement
              3. Copy of Physical Ability Test Criteria




REQUIREMENTS FOR PHYSICAL ABILITY TEST:


1. SIGNED AND NOTARIZED HOLD HARMLESS AGREEMENT

2. SIGNED PHYSICIAN’S STATEMENT (COMPLETELY FILLED OUT)

3. PHOTO ID

4. LONG PANTS, TEE SHIRT AND TOWEL REQUIRED FOR SWIM
   PORTION OF TEST

5. CHANGE OF CLOTHING FOR PHYSICAL ABILITY PORTION OF TEST

6. NUTRITIONAL FOOD AND DRINK




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                          PHYSICIAN'S STATEMENT

I am familiar with the requirements of the Monroe County Fire Rescue Firefighters pre-
employment Physical Ability Test.


I examined ____________________________________________________
                               (Patient's Name)

Social Security Number_____________________________            on___________________
                          (Patient’s Social Security Number)              (Date)




    I have determined that this person IS PHYSICALLY CAPABLE of participating
       in the pre-employment Physical Ability Test and I have found nothing to indicate
       that it would be medically inadvisable for him/her to attempt the aforementioned
       test.


    I have determined that this person IS NOT PHYSICALLY CAPABLE of
       participating in the pre-employment Physical Ability Test and have found cause
       to indicate that it would be medically inadvisable for him/her to attempt the
       aforementioned test.



Physician's Signature___________________________________ Date______________



Type or Print the following:



Physician Name:      _______________________________________________

Address:             _______________________________________________

                     _______________________________________________

Telephone Number: _______________________________________________


                  FORM MUST BE SIGNED BY THE PHYSICIAN LISTED ABOVE
          NURSE PRACTITIONORS, RN’s OR OTHER SIGNATURES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED


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                       HOLD HARMLESS AGREEMENT

 THIS AGREEMENT MUST BE TAKEN WITH YOU TO THE TESTING FACILITY
         ON THE DAY OF THE PHYSICAL ABILITY EXAMINATION


I, ____________________________________, as applicant before undergoing a required
physical ability examination at the Monroe County Fire Academy, do hereby state the
following:

1. That I understand that I will be taking a rigorous physical ability test for the position
of firefighter.

2. That I understand that this test is intensive and related to the rigorous physical
functions necessary to perform as a firefighter and have received the schedule of specific
test events.

3. That I am in good physical condition and am able to take the above described physical
ability examination at the Monroe County Fire Academy.

4. That I hereby release and waive any claims that I may have against Monroe County
Fire Rescue from any and all injuries, liabilities, claims, actions, damages, costs or
expenses which I may have against Monroe County Fire Academy arising out of the
above-described physical ability examination that I am about to take.


SIGNATURE OF APPLICANT ____________________________________________



State of Florida
County of Monroe

Subscribed and sworn to (or affirmed) before me on this _______day

of _______________________, 2005 by ________________________________ who is

personally known to me or has produced ________________________________ as

identification.


______________________________                         ________________________
Notary Public                                          Type or Print Name of Notary
My Commission Expires:

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                Pre-Employment Physical Ability Test (P.A.T)
                     Orientation and Preparation Guide

The Monroe County Fire Academy Physical Ability Test is based upon a comprehensive
job task analysis; this determined tasks that are deemed critical, ones performed
frequently by firefighters.

Part I, the On-Target Combat Task Test, was developed by Paul O. Davis, PhD and
Charles Dotson, PhD of ARA/Human Factors, Inc. This validated job-simulation test is
used to objectively measure firefighter performance. The tasks are performed
sequentially, and accurately reflect the metabolic demand imposed on a firefighter during
actual emergency situations.

ARA/Human Factors, Inc. have monitored heart rate responses and pulmonary
requirements for these and other firefighter activities. Not all fires are the same, and it is
not possible to anticipate every emergency scenario. However, firefighters who can
complete the tasks listed below within the recommended time frame possess the level of
fitness necessary to meet most emergency demands.

From this information nine job-related physical fitness test components were developed.
The nine components are:


     Stair Climb with Equipment
     Hose Hoist
     Forcible Entry
     Charged Line Advance
     Victim Rescue
     Aerial Ladder Climb
     Extrication Equipment Carry and Operation
     Confined Space Crawl
     Water Survival



This Orientation and Preparation guide is provided to each potential candidate to
encourage you to prepare for the test. We hope that this guide has assisted you with the
proper preparation needed to successfully complete this test, and we wish each candidate
the best of luck on the test.




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The Physical Ability Test is designed to simulate firefighter activities. The following
outline will familiarize the candidate with what will take place on the day of the test.


        Candidates will wear a weighted vest (approximately 25lbs) that will simulate the
         weight of a self-contained breathing apparatus. The weighted vest will be worn
         for all of the components with the exception of the water survival component.

        Candidates are encouraged to wear athletic shoes, long sweat pants and a tee-shirt.
         You will be performing various types of physical activities therefore you should
         not wear clothing that will hinder your performance. Candidates can be expected
         to get wet and dirty during the performance of the skills listed.

        Monroe County Fire Academy will provide leather firefighter gloves and a hard
         hat at the test site, for each candidate to use while completing the test. You may
         bring your own kneepads for use during the test; however, Monroe County Fire
         Academy staff may inspect, and disallow any equipment, to ensure that its use
         does not affect the fairness of the test.

        All five components listed in Part I will be timed in series. The test has a cut-
         off time of greater than seven (7) minutes and failure to complete the test in
         allotted time will result in disqualification.

        Running will not be allowed during any portion of the test. Candidates will
         receive a warning and any failure to heed will result in disqualification.

        During your test, there will be an evaluator assigned to time you. You may ask the
         evaluator questions regarding the course layout prior to beginning and while on
         the course; however, the evaluator will not provide you with an event time.

The five events that compose the timed portion of the Physical Ability Test are outlined
for you on the following pages. Each event has a description and suggestions for
preparation.




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Part I
Timed Test Components

           Stair Climb with Equipment: You must pick up a 1 ¾” high rise pack
           (wrapped hose) weighing approximately 55 pounds and carry it up three
           flights of stairs to the fourth floor. You will pick up and carry the pack in
           any manner that is comfortable to you. At the top you must place the hose
           pack in the area marked. After successful completion of this component
           you will then proceed to the next component.

                  You are required to make contact with each step when ascending
                   and descending
                  This component is designed to test strength, endurance, and
                   stamina

           Preparation: In order to prepare for this event you may carry a duffel bag
           that has been weighted, approximately 55 pounds, up and down three
           flights of stairs. This will match the requirements for this component. Keep
           in mind that you will also be wearing a 25 pound weighted vest. You may
           consider wearing a backpack weighing approximately 25 pounds while
           practicing.

           Contact must be made with every step. Do not skip a step ascending or
           descending. You hose be requiredbe deposited½” hosefifth floor landing at
           Hose Hoist: The will pack must to hoist a 2 on the load to the fourth
           the spot marked with an X. the 1 ¾” high rise pack into the designated
           floor landing. After placing
           area, and prior to descending, you will hoist a 2 ½” high rise supply pack
           (wrapped hose) weighing approximately 45 pounds, to the fourth floor.
           Once you have hoisted the hose up to the fourth floor using a rope, the
           hose must then be placed in the designated area. You will then pick up and
           carry the 1 ¾” pack in any manner that is comfortable to you, descend
           down the stairs, and place the hose pack in the area marked. After
           successfully completing this component you will then proceed 50 feet to
           the next component.

                  You are required to make contact with each step when ascending
                   and descending
                  This component is designed to test upper body strength, endurance,
                   and stamina

           Preparation: In order to prepare for this event you may practice lifting,
           with a rope, a weighted duffel bag. Caution must be used and a height of
           less than ten feet is recommended. You may also carry a duffel bag that
           has been weighted, approximately 45 pounds, up and down three flights of
           stairs. This will match the requirements for this component. Keep in mind
           that you will also be wearing a 25 pound weighted vest. You may consider
           wearing a backpack weighing approximately 25 pounds while practicing.
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           Forcible Entry: You will be required to perform simulated forcible entry
           by striking a “sled” with a ten pound dead blow sledge hammer. While
           standing on a platform, straddling the sled, you will drive a weighted
           device five feet by striking with a sledge hammer. After successfully
           completing this component you will then proceed 50 feet to the next
           component.

                  You are required to remain on the platform, straddling the sled,
                   until the sled has moved the required distance

                  This component is designed to test upper body strength, endurance,
                   and stamina

           Preparation: In order to prepare for this event you may practice by
           repeatedly lifting a weight (gallon of water works well) from between your
           legs to over your head. Keep your arms fully extended, body should remain
           at ninety degrees, raise water completely over your head, and return to start
           position. This will match the requirements for this component. Keep in
           mind that you will also be wearing a 25 pound weighted vest. You may
           consider wearing a backpack weighing approximately 25 pounds while
           practicing.



           Charged Line Advance: You must pick up and advance a charged 1 ¾”
           hose line with a nozzle attached for a distance of 100 feet. The nozzle will
           be closed and locked down to prevent unexpected opening. You may pick
           up the hose line in a manner that will allow placement over either shoulder,
           allowing approximately three to four feet of hose in front of you, and
           advance 100 feet. This component ends when both your feet and nozzle
           cross the finish line. After successfully completing this component you
           will then proceed 100 feet to the final component.

                  This component is designed to test leg and lower body strength,
                   balance, and endurance

           Preparation: To prepare for this event you might tie a rope to a bag or
           object weighing approximately 150 pounds. You can then throw the rope
           over your shoulder and drag the weight a distance of 100 feet. This will
           match the requirements for this component. Keep in mind that you will
           also be wearing a 25 pound weighted vest. You may consider wearing a
           backpack weighing approximately 25 pounds while practicing.




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           Victim Rescue: You must drag a 175 pound human-form dummy for a
           distance of 100 feet. You will begin by gripping the dummy in a
           comfortable fashion. The dummy is outfitted with bunker gear and a
           shoulder harness. You may grip the harness or slide your arms under the
           dummy’s armpits. Once you and the dummy are completely across the
           finish line this component is completed.

                  This component is designed to test total body strength, power, and
                   stamina

           Preparation: To prepare for this event you might practice dragging a
           duffel bag weighing 175 pounds for short distances. Keep in mind that you
           will also be wearing a 25 pound weighted vest. You may consider wearing
           a backpack weighing approximately 25 pounds while practicing.




Scoring

Any candidate that completes the course in the allotted time will pass this stage of the
selection process. There is no advantage in seeking to complete the test in a time
significantly lower than the allotted time.




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Part II
Un-Timed Test Components

            Aerial Ladder Climb: You will be required to climb an aerial ladder to a
            height of 75 feet. The ladder will be positioned at a 70 degree angle to
            facilitate a comfortable climbing position. You will be outfitted with a
            safety harness and will be belayed for safety. This is not a timed event but
            it must be completed satisfactorily in order to complete the pre-
            employment physical ability test.

                   This component is designed to test total body strength, power, and
                    stamina

                   This component evaluates your fear of heights

            Preparation: To prepare for this event you might practice climbing a
            sturdy ladder to a height of a typical two story house. Practice carefully
            and do not hurry up and down the ladder. Keep in mind that you will also
            be wearing a 25 pound weighted vest. You may consider wearing a
            backpack weighing approximately 25 pounds while practicing.



            Confined Space Crawl: You will wear a (blacked out) facemask and be
            directed to enter a darkened maze where you will have to crawl on your
            hands and knees for a length of 65 feet. Once you have reached the end of
            the maze you will be instructed to take off the facemask, stand up, and exit
            the building.

                   This component is designed to test endurance, as well as your
                    ability to maintain spatial orientation and freedom from
                    claustrophobia

            Preparation: To prepare for this event you might practice maneuvering on
            your hands and knees wearing a backpack weighing approximately 25
            pounds. You should do this while blindfolded or with your eyes closed and
            in a darkened room. Have someone assist you while blacked out so as not
            to cause injury.




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            Extrication Equipment Carry and Operation: You will pick up an
            extrication spreader weighing approximately 50 pounds, walk 25 feet to a
            simulated door, and will proceed to place the tips into four separate “cut-
            outs” as indicated on a simulated door. You will then proceed 25 feet back
            to the start and place the tool in the designated area.

                   This component is designed to test upper body strength, endurance,
                    and stamina

            Preparation: In order to prepare for this event you may carry a duffel bag
            that has been weighted, approximately 50 pounds, for a distance of 25 feet.
            Lift the duffel bag to various heights (knee, waist, upper torso) and then
            return to where you started. You may consider wearing a backpack
            weighing approximately 25 pounds while practicing.




            Water Survival: You will jump from the edge of a pool and tread water
            for three minutes. You will then be instructed to swim approximately 75
            yards using a style that is comfortable for you.

                   This component is designed to test upper body strength, endurance,
                    and stamina

                   This component evaluates your ability to stay calm in the water

            Preparation: To prepare for this event you should practice treading water
            and swimming for a distance of 75 yards. Keep in mind that you will also
            be wearing jeans and a tee-shirt while in the pool.




General Preparation
Our hiring process is very competitive and the pre-employment Physical Ability Test is
one of the initial hurdles in the selection process. Please take the time to thoroughly
prepare in order to ensure your success.

Monroe County will provide various resources and opportunities for preparation by
hosting orientation and practice sessions. For more information please call (305) 289-
6004.



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