Civil Service Exam and Physical Ability Test (PAT)

Written Exam

You can find the written test preparation materials here. It is highly recommended to utilize these test prep materials, as they will be extremely beneficial to successfully pass the written portion of the exam. 

PAT - Physical Ability Test

The job of a firefighter is one of the most physically demanding jobs in the world. It requires high levels of cardiopulmonary endurance, muscular strength and muscular endurance. The Physical Ability Test (PAT) consists of ten critical physical tasks that simulate actual job duties on the fire ground. The Baytown Fire Department uses the PAT to evaluate a candidate's physical ability to perform essential job tasks. 

The PAT is a sequence of events requiring the candidate to progress along a predetermined path from event to event in a continuous manner. This test was developed to allow fire departments a means for obtaining pools of trainable candidates who are physically able to perform essential job tasks at fire scenes. 

The PAT Test consists of:


Event 1:  Dry Hose Drag

Candidate advances pre-connected 1.75-inch dry hose line for 115 feet. Each 50-foot section weighs 19.80 pounds, for a total of 59.40 pounds of dry weight dragged. This event simulates extending a dry offensive hose line from an apparatus to a fire scene for firefighting operations.

Event 2: Charged Hose Drag

Candidate advances pre-connected 1.75-inch charged hose line for 70 feet. This event simulates extending a charged offensive hose line to the seat of a fire for firefighting operations.

Event 3: Halyard Raise

Candidate raises and lowers the fly section of a 24-foot aluminum extension ladder with a halyard. The pull resistance of the ladder is approximately 26 pounds. This event simulates raising and lowering the fly of a 24-foot aluminum extension ladder in order to access higher floors for rescue, ventilation, and other firefighting operations.

Event 4: Roof Walk

Candidate ascends and descends a 10-foot distance walking/crawling on the rungs of a 12-foot roof ladder while carrying a simulated 20.20-pound chain saw. This event simulates walking on a roof ladder with the appropriate equipment in order to perform ventilation operations.

Event 5: Attic Crawl

Candidate crawls a distance of 20 feet across a simulated attic area while carrying a simulated flashlight in his/her hands. This event simulates walking/crawling on joists in an attic to search for the extension of a fire.

Event 6: Ventilation Exercise

Candidate stands on a pitched rooftop and strikes the roof 30 times with an 8-pound sledge hammer. This event simulates making a ventilation opening in a roof with an axe or sledge hammer in order to ventilate a fire.

Event 7: Victim Removal

Candidate carries or drags a dummy for 26 feet. This event simulates removing an injured or unconscious victim from a hazardous area.

Event 8: Ladder Removal & Carry

Candidate removes a 14-foot aluminum roof ladder from mounted hooks, carries the ladder 60 feet around a diamond shaped course, and replaces the ladder to the mounted hooks. The weight of the ladder is 29.20 pounds. This event simulates removing a straight ladder from an apparatus, carrying it to the site of use, and replacing it to the apparatus.

Event 9: Crawling Search

Candidate crawls on the ground floor for a distance of 40 feet. This event simulates crawling while conducting search and rescue, hose deployment, or attic operations in a burning structure.

Event 10: Stair Climb with Hose

Candidate ascends and descends three flights of stairs with a 48-pound hose bundle. This event simulates climbing stairs with a hose bundle in order to fight fires in multiple-story buildings.


**This is a pass/fail test based on a validated maximum total time of 8 minutes and 39 seconds. 

The test is physically demanding and requires you to be physically fit to be successful.