Physical Aptitude Test

Firefighting is a physically demanding occupation that requires strength, endurance, physical and mental stamina.  The physical aptitude test measures your ability to meet the physical standards required to undertake the role of firefighter.

The test is designed to simulate actual duties performed on the fire ground and in the course of everyday duties such as carrying heavy equipment upstairs, dragging hoses, using heavy manual tools and handling ladders.

In addition to the physical requirements of muscular strength and endurance, there are six aptitudes that are tested during the physical aptitude test, these include:

  1. Acrophobia
  2. Claustrophobia
  3. Manual dexterity
  4. Colour matching
  5. Visual recognition
  6. Balance and co-ordination

Refer to the physical aptitude video for a demonstration of each activity performed at this stage:


Assessment Information

The course is a series of ten tasks, which are simulations of actual tasks performed on the job.  These tasks must be completed consecutively with the applicant wearing firefighter tunic, overalls, gloves, helmet and breathing apparatus (weighing approximately 11kg).  Applicants must wear suitable sports clothing (under the firefighter tunic and overalls) and sporting footwear.

Stage 1 - Firefighter Aptitude Test

Details of each task can be located in the Physical Aptitude test video and the Guidelines for Physical Fitness and Firefighting Aptitude Tests.

The four tasks are completed in the following order, these components are untimed.  

  1. Nine metre ladder climb
  2. Ladder platform climb
  3. Visual recognition
  4. Tunnel crawl

Stage 2 – Firefighter Task course

The ten tasks are required to be completed in the following order within a time limit of 12.50 seconds to complete all tasks.  In addition, three tasks have an individual time limit imposed on them.  Failure to make an individual time limit or complete the Task Course in the overall time limit will be deemed as a failure.

Every task is carried out continuously without a break.

  1. Ladder raise and lower
  2. Ladder extension
  3. Stair climb
  4. Container haul
  5. Chain cutting
  6. Hose reel drag
  7. Equipment carry
  8. Hose drag and hold
  9. Hose couplings
  10. Crew member rescue

*Please note: MFB may change elements of the above tests, without notice.


Guidelines for Physical Fitness and Firefighting Aptitude Tests has been created to assist you to physically prepare for the tests, however, your own fitness program can also be used.

Applicants who use any of the exercise training programs in this guide should obtain a medical clearance from a doctor before commencing.

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