Huntersville Fire Department
 

**The Huntersville Fire Department announces the 2015 Membership Process**

The 2015 Membership process will begin with the HFD Physical Agility Test in April 2015.

Thank-you for your interest in Huntersville Fire Department!

Steps for beginning the 2015 Membership process:

Interested applicants should show up and take the Huntersville Fire Department Physical Agility Test (read further for dates, times, location as well as an outline of what the test entails). Prior to attending the test, send an email to: mauten@huntersvillefd.com to obtain two forms that need to be completed and turned in at time of testing (Health Information form & HFD Test Waiver form)

2015 Agility Test Dates:

April 13, 2015 10am - 8pm

April 14, 2015 10am - 8pm

April 15, 2015 10am - 5pm

Please show up at Huntersville Fire Station #1, during the above times and dates to take the test, bringing along your completed forms. Huntersville Fire Station 1 is located at 110 S. Old Statesville Rd in downtown Huntersville.

Wear comfortable gym clothes to the test. The agility test process will take approximately an hour to complete.

Submit any questions you may have to mauten@huntersvillefd.com


Understand that the Agility Test is only one part of the membership process which also includes:

1. To be considered for membership with the Huntersville Fire Department you MUST reside in or within two miles of the Huntersville Fire District.

2.  If the applicant successfully passes the agility test they will be contacted to complete and submit to the following.

a.      Formal Membership Application

b.      Drug Test

c.      Credit Check

d.      Background / Criminal History Check

e.      Final approval by the Board of Directors.

3.  Please note this is NOT a job application. This is to apply for membership. Upon successful completion of membership the applicant may be eligible to work for the Huntersville Fire Department as a part time employee if they obtain a minimum of N.C.  Firefighter Level II and a N.C. Emergency Medical Technician (Basic) Certification.

 Please be aware that the training hours set by the State of N.C. in order to obtain these certifications are as follows:

-          FF 1403:  127 hours (required to volunteer for HFD)

-          FF 1&2:   309 hours (Level II required to work at HFD)

-          EMT-B:   200 hours (required to work at HFD)


Huntersville Fire Department Physical Agility Test

This Physical Ability Test consists of four separate events that tests the applicants abilities to complete the daily physical requirements at the Department. This test is a sequence of events that requires the candidate/firefighter to progress along a predetermined path from event to event in a continuous manner. This test was developed to allow fire departments to obtain a pool of firefighters/candidates that are physically able to perform essential job tasks at fire scenes. This is a pass/fail test based on a validated maximum total time of 8 minutes.

Weights and Clothing
In these events, you wear a 50-pound (22.68-kg) vest to simulate the weight of a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and fire fighter protective clothing.

Event #1-Stair Climb.
This event is designed to stimulate the critical tasks of walking up stairs in full protective clothing while carrying firefighter equipment. For the test, you must walk up the staircase at a set stepping rate of 60 steps per minute for 3 minutes. During the test, you are permitted to touch the wall or handrail for balance only momentarily. However, if the wall or handrail is grasped or touched for an extended period of time, or if the wall or handrail is used for weight bearing, you have failed the test. This concludes this event.

Event #2-Hose Drag.
For this event, you must grasp a hose line nozzle attached to 100 feet of 1-¾ inch hose. Place the hose line over your shoulder or across your chest. Stop when you have stretched all 100 feet straight, drop to at least one knee and pull the hose line until the hoseline's 50-foot (15.24 m) mark crosses the finish line. During the hose pull, you must keep at least one knee in contact with the ground. This concludes the event.

Event #3- Rescue.
This event is designed to simulate the critical task of removing a victim or injured firefighter from a fire scene. This event challenges his/her upper and lower body muscular strength, endurance and grip strength. For this event, you must grasp a 165 pound mannequin under the shoulder(s) or bye the arms and drag it 25 feet to a pre-positioned marker, make a 180 degree turn around the cone, and continue an additional 25 feet to the finish line. You are permitted to drop and release the mannequin and adjust your grip. The entire mannequin must be dragged until it crosses the marked finish line. This concludes this event.

Event #4- Forcible Entry.
This event is designed to simulate the critical tasks of using force to open a locked door or to breach a wall. The forcible entry evolution utilizes the Keiser Force Machine (a chopping simulator). Using the 9-lb shot mallet provided, the competitor must drive the sled; a 160-lb steel beam a horizontal distance of 5-ft. Pushing, raking or hooking the beam is not allowed; only the head of the mallet is allowed to strike the beam. This concludes the physical agility test.
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If you successfully become a Huntersville Firefighter, you will have to complete the following FRPAT annually:

Huntersville Fire Department Annual FRPAT

 Firefighter Related Physical Ability Test

This test establishes a guideline ensuring that all members up to and including the rank of Chief are fit for duty and possess at least the minimum physical abilities necessary to perform essential firefighter functions. HFD utilizes the Firefighter Related Physical Ability Test (FRPAT) as the test to determine “fit for duty” status - annually.


The FRPAT consists of the following: During the entire test, the participant will wear full turnout gear including SCBA. Time runs continuously from start to finish.

1. Begin breathing from SCBA, Pick up a highrise pack at base of stairwell (100foot section of 1¾ inch hose formed into a “soft pack”). While carrying highrise pack, climb stairs to the 3rd floor of the tower. Drop the high-rise pack in the breezeway.

2. Enter into 3rd floor room off of breezeway. Advance to nozzle end of charged hose section (50 feet of 1 ¾ inch hose filled with water. Crawl on all fours the 25 foot L-shaped course while dragging charged hose section. When reaching end of course, pull the remainder 25foot of hose section across event line while remaining on at least one knee.

3. Using the stairs make your way down to the second floor and enter the 2nd floor off of breezeway. Advance to the hose hoist at the wall on the 2nd floor. Hands over hand pull on the rope until the rolled 2 ½ inch rolled hose is advanced from the bottom floor to the top rail and onto the floor of the 2nd floor.

4. Using the stairs make your way down to the open door on the first floor. This event is designed to simulate the critical task of removing a victim or injured firefighter from a fire scene. This event challenges his/her upper and lower body muscular strength, endurance and grip strength. For this event, you must grasp a 165 pound mannequin under the shoulder(s) or by the arms and drag it 25 feet to a pre-positioned marker, make a 180 degree turn around the cone, and continue an additional 25 feet to the finish line. You are permitted to drop and release the mannequin and adjust your grip. The entire mannequin must be dragged until it crosses the marked finish line.

This concludes the FRPAT.