Agility Test Description

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Chapel Hill Fire DepartmentPurpose: The agility test is specifically designed to measure the applicant’s physical ability to perform the duties of a firefighter. All candidates will be evaluated during this test on their strength and endurance.

Procedures: The performance test consist of eight events, which are directly related to normal fire and rescue tasks, such as equipment carries, hose advancement, hose carry, hose drag, ladder extension, ladder climb and victim rescue.

During the test, constant movement of candidate is required, if the candidate stops during the test, the candidate will be disqualified from the process. Stopping to readjust equipment or pick up dropped equipment is allowed, so long as forward motion begins immediately following required readjustment or lifting of equipment. Obvious fatigue or extreme physical overexertion may be grounds for the test proctors to stop the candidate and end the test.

Pre-test: Prior to beginning the assessment, the candidate will read the pre-test questions located on the individual data sheet, and sign and date as a record of comprehension and compliance. The candidate’s vital signs will be taken and recorded on an individual data sheet. The candidate will be given sufficient time to stretch and warm up in an appropriate manner. After being cleared for the test, the firefighter will report to the test monitor at the apparatus and don the following equipment for safety purposes: gloves, fire helmet, weighted vest, and safety belt.


Pick up a fan from tailboard of fire engine parked in designated spot and then relocate fan to table positioned at corner of drill tower. TIME STARTS ONCE CANDIDATE TOUCHES THE FAN.

Purpose: During emergency incidents, personnel are often required to carry equipment from the apparatus to the incident scene and place it in difficult positions. (Fan weight 50 lbs.)


Walk to the affixed ladder and prepare to hoist. Using a hand-over-hand method, hoist the ladder until the fly hits the stops at full extension. Lower the ladder in a hand-over-hand method until the ladder stops at the bottom. Gloves must remain on during the entire event.

Purpose: The use of ladders on the fire ground is a necessity and requires individual ability in raising and lowering ladders both rapidly and safely to a desired height to access a second level of a structure.


Walk to the ladder for climbing. Ascend the ladder one rung at a time, with one foot and one hand maintaining contact with the ladder rungs at all times. Exit from the ladder into the 3rd floor window. A monitor will be inside to ensure your safety. AT NO TIME DURING THE EVENT SHALL THE APPLICANT HOLD OR GRAB THE LADDER RAILS – ONLY THE RUNGS MAY BE USED WHEN CLIMBING.

Purpose: The capability to safely climb and work off of ladders is important during fire ground operations and during training exercises.


Hoist the rolled hose into the building, using the attached rope. Place the hose roll on the floor and exit the building using the stairs.

Purpose: The use of rope in hoisting equipment to upper floors is a necessity on the fire grounds in showing the quickest and easiest way in maneuvering equipment from a lower level to an upper level in a structure and some upper body strength is required. (Hose roll 25 lbs./3 floors vertically)


Exit the tower and move to the dummy drag station. Drag the dummy from starting point in a direct line to stopping point at the cone located 50 feet from the start line. There will be straps attached to the dummy that may be used to assist in dragging the dummy across the designated line. The event will be complete when the dummy’s feet cross the line.

Purpose: This event is to evaluate a candidate’s ability to physically manage the removal of an unconscious victim from an unsafe environment to safe refuge. (Rescue Dummy: 165 lbs.)


Walk to the doorway of the tower, pick up the hose pack, and walk to the stairwell entrance of the drill tower. Place the hose in any manner you choose which allows you to carry the hose safely up the stairs. Ascend the steps, one step at a time to the top landing of the uppermost flight of stairs. Descend the stairs one step at a time and exit the building. The handrails may be used at any time. After exiting the building, drop the hose pack.

Purpose: This event is to evaluate the candidate’s ability to climb stairs while enduring the weight of equipment being carried. (Hose pack: 40 lbs.)


Walk around the building to the charged hose line. Drag the charged line to a designated location. Length of the drag is approximately 100 feet. In the event the candidate cannot complete the drag in one pull, you may stop, PLACE the nozzle on the ground, go back to pull slack in the hose, and return to the nozzle to re-start the drag. Place, DO NOT DROP, the nozzle in the designated area. The timed portion of the test will end when the hose is placed in the designated area.

Purpose: This event is to evaluate the candidate’s ability to deploy a hose line by dragging it to a predetermined location during the fire attack. (Hose with water & weight of nozzle = 75 lbs.)


Walk to the black pipe and don a blackened face mask. Once the mask is secure the monitor will signal the candidate to begin. The candidate must then crawl on hands and knees to the wall at the end of the pipe. After the candidate touches the wall, the monitor will instruct the candidate to turn around and exit the pipe. Time stops when the candidate exits the pipe and returns to a standing position (this event is timed separately: time starts once candidates begins motion in tube and ends once he/she returns to the entry point).

Purpose: This event evaluates the candidate’s ability to maintain control in a claustrophobic and reduced visibility environment.

Candidates who fail to follow testing instructions will be warned by the test proctor. More than 2 warnings may result in disqualification from testing and removal from the process. It is vital to listen, understand and follow the direction given by the test proctors.

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