The cities of Chandler, Scottsdale and Tempe will be holding an Open Registration for interested candidates to test for the position of Firefighter.
Please note that the registration and written test completion process is intended to establish a Firefighter eligibility list for the three participating cities.
Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)
Firefighting requires above average aerobic and anaerobic capacity, muscular endurance and strength, and flexibility. The Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) is a standardized physical ability test adopted by the Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department. The test is designed to identify individuals who have the physical attributes to perform the job of a firefighter. Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department requires successful completion of a CPAT to be eligible for employment.
There are two reference guides to help candidates prepare for the CPAT test, which include:
Orientation Guide – The CPAT test consists of eight separate job-related physical tasks performed in a continuous sequence. The Orientation Guide provides a detailed description of the CPAT course events and explanation of the “Pass/Fail” scoring system.
CPAT Preparation Guide – provides information about basic exercise concepts, specific flexibility, aerobic and strength training exercises, how to design your own exercise program and how to practice some of the events at home. Community colleges within the Maricopa Community College District (Mesa Community College, Glendale Community College, Paradise Valley Community College and Phoenix College) provide preparation classes for CPAT, and are official testing sites offering a valid CPAT for firefighter recruit applicants. Applicants must show proof of successfully completing a CPAT within twelve (12) months of being invited to an assessment center and/or to participate in a panel-style interview process.
Commonly Asked Questions
- Do you accept lateral transfers from other departments/states? No.
- Do you have paramedic positions? Yes. Our paramedic positions are available to firefighters who have been on the job one year after completion of the training academy. At that time they are able to test for this assignment position, which is performed in conjunction with their regular firefighter responsibilities.
- Do I need to be a certified firefighter? No, it is not required. However, any training or schooling in the firefighting field may be of assistance in the testing process.
- How and where can I go through the training academy? Our training academy is designed and operated for those firefighter-recruits who are hired after our testing process.
- Do you have a reserve, cadet, or volunteer program? (Click for more information.)
- Do you have a citizen ride along program? Yes, but it is a limited program and not intended for regular reocurring ride alongs. For information call the administrative offices at 480-858-7200.
- What can I do to prepare for the application process? Evaluate any fire science classes offered at a college near you. Be physically fit, specifically in the areas of cardiovascular and upper body strength. Familiarize yourself with fire department operations and programs.
- How often do you hire? We hire off of our eligibility list periodically throughout the year as openings occur from retirement or new positions developed.
Selection Process Overview
Qualified applicants will be invited to participate in a written examination. Applicants who pass the written exam will be placed on an eligibility list. Applicants from the eligibility list will be considered for an invitation to an assessment center and/or panel-style interview. Proof of the successful completion of a CPAT, no more than twelve (12) months prior to the invitation to an assessment center and/or participation in a panel-style interview, will be required. Those applicants who successfully complete an assessment center and/or panel-style interview will be placed on a hiring eligibility list. Prior to attending a firefighter recruit academy, applicants must successfully complete a medical physical exam and background check. Those applicants who are able to successfully pass the medical physical exam and background check will be invited to continue in the hiring process. As openings occur, firefighter recruits musts complete a 12 week academy and are then placed in the field as probationary firefighters for a period of 12 months. Successful completion of all phases of the selection process does NOT automatically guarantee a position with the City of Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department. Position vacancies, academy class size and time constraints dictate if a candidate will be hired.
• International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters
• International Association of Fire Fighters
• National Association of Hispanic Firefighters
• Women In The Fire Service, Inc.