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Practical Evaluation

Practical Evaluation

To assist in determining the suitability of applicants for PFRS related tasks all applicants undergo a physical evaluation.

The physical evaluation consists of several tasks:

LADDER CLIMB - Purpose: to assess the applicant for fear of heights

A forty foot (40') firefighting PFRS ladder will be erected in a safe and secure location. A department member will demonstrate a climb to a point half way up the ladder, do a leg lock and return to ground level.

Each applicant will be warned to stop if they experience difficulty when doing the exercise. Each applicant will then don a department turnout coat and SCBA (no face piece), climb the ladder to the same point as in the demonstration, do a leg lock and return to ground level.

The applicant will be rated "pass/fail". PFRS evaluators will note any hesitation or difficulty of the applicant in performing the task.

SCBA FACE PIECE WEAR - Purpose: to assess the applicant for claustrophobia

A PFRS member will demonstrate the donning and doffing of a PFRS SCBA face piece and explain the test procedure to be followed.

Each applicant will be warned to stop if they experience difficulty when doing the exercise. Each applicant will then don a PFRS turnout coat, SCBA and face piece, which has been covered to prevent the applicant from seeing. A PFRS member, ensuring the applicant's safety, will then direct the applicant around the building.

The applicant will be directed:
To follow a number of step and direction movements [for example, "take two steps forward and one to the left"]

To follow directions to crawl under a table

To pick up an object from the floor [for example, "reach down and pick up the hammer on the floor two paces in front of you"]

To carry the object as directed and deposit it back on the floor [for example, "take three paces to the right and place the hammer back on the floor"]

The SCBA face piece will be cleaned and sanitized prior to being used again. The applicant will be rated "pass/fail". PFRS evaluators will note any hesitation or difficulty of the applicant in performing the task

HOSE COUPLING - Purpose: to assess the applicant for manual dexterity

A PFRS member will demonstrate the coupling of the following equipment:
  • One length of dry 2 ˝ inch hose, connected to
  • One 2 ˝ inch to 1 ˝ inch gated wye, connected to
  • One length of dry 1 ˝ inch hose, connected to
  • One 1 ˝ inch nozzle
Each applicant will be warned to stop if they experience difficulty when doing the exercise. Each applicant will then don department turnout coat, SCBA (no face piece) and gloves, be taken to the uncoupled components and shall connect the various parts as shown, then disconnect the equipment and return the nozzle and gated wye to the start point.

The applicant will be rated "pass/fail". PFRS evaluators will note any hesitation or difficulty of the applicant in performing the task.

MINUTE MAN HOSE ADVANCE - Purpose: to assess the applicant for physical ability

A PFRS member will demonstrate the carry of an Minute Man Hose advance to the top floor of the test building, while wearing a SCBA, but not wearing the face piece.

Each applicant will be warned to stop if they experience difficulty when doing the exercise. Each applicant will then don a turnout coat, helmet and SCBA without the face piece, and carry the apartment pack to the top floor of the test building and back to ground level again.

The applicant will be rated "pass/fail". PFRS evaluators will assess any hesitation or difficulty of the applicant in performing the task

DUMMY DRAG - Purpose: to assess the applicant for physical ability

A department member will demonstrate the drag of a 125-pound dummy a marked distance of approximately 50 feet. Each applicant will be warned to stop if they experience difficulty when doing the exercise. Each applicant will then don a turnout coat, boots and pants, helmet, SCBA and blanked out face piece [not connected to the SCBA], and drag the dummy the same marked distance.

The applicant will be rated "pass/fail". Department evaluators will note any hesitation or difficulty of the applicant in performing the task.
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