How to Pass the Queensland Physical Ability Testing

As a professional firefighter, the job is physically demanding and exceptional physical fitness is required. Since an emergency can happen anytime, a firey has to be physically ready all the time. This is the reason that fire services design the physical testing comprehensively with the aim to mimic tough emergency situations.

For the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, the physical ability testing is nothing less than any other fire service. It is comprised of a series of tests designed to weed out the weak ones.

However, in smashing the Queensland Physical Ability Testing (QPAT1), you need not be a professional athlete who has been doing fitness training all his life. What you need to do is learn about the flow of the test, understand what is required of you, and train hard and consistently based on this knowledge.

In this case, I made a video to give you an overview of the whole test. This knowledge is something you can relay to your physical trainer in case you have one or incorporate in your workout regimen.

Watch the video and hit the comment box below if you have questions.

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Queensland Physical Ability Test
Information Guide

What is QPAT1?                        

The Queensland Physical Ability Test (QPAT1)
– a circuit of tasks conducted in a sequence to simulate tasks which occur at an emergency incident.

To successfully complete the QPAT1, applicants are required to demonstrate:
1.       aerobic fitness
2.       muscular strength
3.       endurance

 

What to Wear

  • sleeved shirt and long pants or overalls
  • covered-in shoes appropriate for exercise.
  • Protective helmets will be provided
  • Gloves can be used but will not be provided

What not to Wear

  • lycra pants or leggings, shorts and skirts
  • singlets and small capped sleeves
  • watches and all types of jewelry
  • light mesh style shoes

Overview of QPAT1

Stage 1 – Timed
1. Stair Climb
2. Hose Drag
3. Hose and Equipment Carry
4. Ladder Raise and Extension
5. Forcible Entry
6. Rescue

Stage 1 – Timed

  • a 20kg vest is worn to simulate firefighter protective clothing and a self-contained breathing apparatus
  • must be completed in 7 minutes 30 seconds or under

Task 1 STAIR CLIMB

Equipment
1. a Stair Master Stair climbing machine
2. Additional 6kg weights on each shoulder

Purpose

to simulate the critical task of climbing stairs in full protective clothing while carrying an Attack Pack or Feed Pack.

 

Task

  1. Wear two additional 6kg weights on their shoulders to simulate the weight of an Attack Pack or Feed Pack.
  2. Perform a 20 second warm up on the Stair Master at a set stepping rate of 50 steps per minute.
  3. The timing of the assessment begins at the end of this warm up period when the assessor calls the word – START.
  4. Walk on the Stair Master at a set stepping rate of 60 steps per minute for three minutes.
  5. After the task, the two 6kg weights are removed from shoulders.
  6. Walk within the established walkway to the next task.

Failures

  • applicant falls or dismounts the Stair Master three times during the warm up period
  • applicant falls, grasps any of the assessment equipment or dismounts the Stair Master after the timed task begins
  • handrail is grasped or touched for an extended period of time or if the handrail is used or weight bearing

Task 2 HOSE DRAG

Equipment
• AS/NZS 4586-2013 dry floor friction slip resistance class “F” floor
• 2 x 64mm Duraline hose and couplings
• 1 x AWG branch

Purpose

to simulate the critical tasks of dragging a dry hose line from the fire vehicle to the fire, and then remaining stationary while pulling a dry hose line around obstacles.

Task

  1. Grasp the hose line nozzle attached to 60 metres of 64mm diameter hose and place the hose line over their shoulder or across their chest, not exceeding the 2.25 metre mark.
  2. Drag the hose 23 metres to a prepositioned drum, make a 90 degree turn around the drum and continue an additional 8 metres.
  3. Stop within the marked 1.5 metre x 2.15 metre box, drop to at least one knee and pull the hose line until the hose line’s 15.25 metre mark crosses the finish line.

Failures

  • applicant fails to go around the drum or goes outside of the marked path
  • applicants are warned if at least one knee is not kept in contact with the ground
  • applicants are warned if their knees go outside the marked boundary line. Hose Drag

 

Task 3 HOSE AND EQUIPMENT CARRY

Equipment

  • 20kg weight and 12 kg weight

Purpose

to simulate the tasks of removing a coil of hose, Standpipe, Hydrant Bar or other equipment from a QFES fire appliance locker, carrying them to the emergency scene and return equipment to the fire appliance.

Task

  1. Remove the two weights one 20kg and one 12kg each from the tool locker one at a time.
  2. Place them on the ground then pick up both weights, one in each hand, and carry them while walking 30m.
  3. Place 20kg weight at the 30-metre mark and return to starting point to place 12kg back in original starting position.

Failures

  • applicant drops either weight on the ground during the carry
  • applicant will receive one warning for running

Task 4 LADDER RAISE AND EXTENSION

Equipment

  • 2 fibreglass 8 metre ladders, typically carried on QFES appliances

Purpose

to assess the ability of the applicant to raise and lower an 8m extension ladder

Task

  1. Position at the top rung of the first 8 metre extension ladder which is lying on the ground
  2. Lift the unhinged end from the ground and walk it up until it is stationary against the wall.
  3. Reverse the procedure until the ladder is lowered onto the ground in its original starting position.
  4. Proceed to the second pre-positioned and secured 8 metre extension ladder.
  5. Extend the sliding section hand over hand with the ladder line until ladder is fully extended.

Failures

  • warning if the applicant misses any rung during the raise and lower of the first ladder
  • If the applicant allows the ladder to fall to the ground
  • Applicant is unable to fully extend the ladder
  • Applicant allows the sliding section to fall uncontrollably
  • Not completing the task within the allotted time

 

Task 5 FORCIBLE ENTRY

Equipment

  • This task uses a forcible entry simulation machine
    • 4.5 kg sledgehammer

Purpose

to simulate the critical tasks of using force to open a locked door or to breach a wall

Task

  1. Use a 4.5kg sledgehammer to strike the measuring device in the target area until the assessor calls stop.
  2. Place the sledgehammer on the ground.

Failures

  • If the applicant does not maintain control of the sledgehammer and releases it from both hands while swinging
  • The applicant misses the target area

 

Task 6 RESCUE

Equipment

  • AS/NZS 4586-2013 dry floor friction slip resistance class “F” floor
    • 78kg Average Australian weighted mannequin equipped with a harness incorporating shoulder and chest handles

Purpose

to simulate the critical task of removing a victim from a room or compartment involved in fire to a path of egress and out to a place of safety

Task

  1. Grasp a 78kg mannequin by the handles of the harness located at the shoulders or chest, drag it 11 metres to a pre-positioned drum.
  2. Make a 180 degree turn around the drum, and continue an additional 11 metres to the finish line. Applicants are allowed to release the mannequin to adjust grip.
  3. The entire mannequin is to be dragged until it crosses the marked finish line.

Failure

  • If the applicant grasps or rests on the drum at any time
  • If the applicant allows the mannequin to touch the drum

 

Stage 2 STATIC

Task 7 EQUIPMENT HOLD

immediately after stage one, a two minute recovery period begins prior to stage two

– 20kg weighted vest is removed

 

Equipment

  • Holmatro Hydraulic Rescue cutter NCT II 4050 and hose or similar weighing 19kg

Purpose

to simulate the ability of the applicant to hold equipment in place when using hydraulic rescue equipment.

 Task

Grip the hydraulic rescue cutter by the “D” handle and operating handle, at the three designated hold positions for a period of 20 seconds each.

The three designated holds are:
1. Below Knee Hold
2. Waist Hold
3. Above Shoulder Hold
Once the Above Shoulder Hold is complete this constitutes one evolution.

Three evolutions are performed with a 20 second rest in between.

Applicants may rotate the tool around within the rest period only.

 Below the Knee Hold

Applicant grips the rescue tool by the “D” handle and operating handle with an overhand grip.

The applicant then squats down in a crouching position with hydraulic rescue cutter below the knees parallel to ground.

This position is held for a period of 20 seconds. Applicant can brace their arms with their thighs.

 Waist Hold

Whilst gripping the rescue tool by the “D” handle and operating handle with an overhand grip, the applicant performs a squat and stands.

The applicant holds the hydraulic rescue cutter with elbows straight at waist height parallel to the ground for a period of 20 seconds.

Above Shoulder Hold

Applicant remains standing, continues gripping the “D” handle with an overhand grip.

With the other hand the applicant repositions their grip on the operating handle with an underhand grip.

The hydraulic rescue cutter is then raised in a curling motion to above the shoulder height and held parallel to the ground for a period of 20 seconds.

The hydraulic rescue cutter must not rest on the body.

Failures

  • The rescue tool can touch the applicant’s body but must not rest on the body – one warning is given
  • Tool is not parallel to the ground – one warning is given
  • The applicant did not complete the 3 evolutions

 

Cheers,

BRENT

Brent Clayton

After becoming a Firefighter, I developed a massive interest in the Fire Services Recruitment and Selection Processes. I've been working since 2007 to learn everything about how Fire Services Recruitment works. I've tested and refined proven methods to help people get the edge over the competition. Today, over 100 of my former students are living their Firefighter dream.