By MELINDA J. OVERSTREET
Glasgow Daily Times
Most people probably realize firefighting isn’t as simple as driving a big truck and aiming a hose full of water, but nearly 40 firefighter candidates have been getting a real taste of the physical ability required to do the job as they took the Candidate Physical Ability Test.
As of Jan. 1, to be a full-time, paid firefighter in the commonwealth of Kentucky, a candidate must have a card on their date of hire that proves they successfully completed the CPAT, said Rick Larkins, CPAT coordinator for the Kentucky Fire Commission. The cards are valid for one year. Although it’s mandatory now, the test has been offered in Kentucky for five years to get people accustomed to it.
Glasgow Fire Department was hosting Saturday’s test, administered by Larkins and more than a dozen others who are all current or former firefighters themselves and only work for the commission part time as test proctors, but not everyone was applying for a job at that department. Larkins said it’s normal to have people from all over Kentucky there, because the test is offered several weeks apart.
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