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NOTE: All timed tasks will be done in helmet, gloves, and 25 pound weight vest.

Untimed Tasks

  • The applicant will climb to the top of an aerial ladder extended to 100 feet at a 70 degree angle. Then, they shall look down and wait to be acknowledged by the proctor then descend.
  • The applicant will crawl a distance of 110 feet through a 36 inch confined space tube.
 Ladder 1

Timed Tasks

  1. The applicant will lift and carry a High-Rise Hose Load of fire hose with a nozzle to the 3rd floor of the drill tower and place it on the floor in a designated location. 
  2. The applicant will move to the 3rd floor balcony rail and hoist, in a hand over hand manner, a 50 foot section of a 3 inch rolled hose, attached to a rope, up to the 3rd floor and place it on the balcony floor.
  3. The applicant will pick up and carry the High-Rise Hose Load back down to the ground floor, placing it in a designated location.
  4. The applicant will move to the Kaiser machine and drive the weight, using a sledgehammer, the full length of the sled. 
  5. The applicant will proceed to the hose drag and drag a charged 1 3/4” hose line, with nozzle, a distance of 100 feet. 
  6. The applicant will proceed to the rescue drag and drag a 165 lb. rescue dummy a distance of 100 feet.

    PPA 4           Dummy Drag 

*The timed tasks must be completed within the current fire department standard*


All applicants for Apprentice Fire Fighter positions must successfully complete a physical performance assessment regardless of their age. The City of Richardson has no method to verify the physical condition of any applicant prior to their taking the physical performance assessment.

Applicants with actual or possible conditions of any nature that could be aggravated or which could endanger their health or physical welfare should:

  • Contact his/her own physician prior to taking the physical performance assessment as to the medical advisability of taking such examination;


  • Withdraw from completing the physical performance assessment if any health factor could endanger his/her physical condition.

The City of Richardson, its agents, and employees do not assume any responsibility for your health condition or the effects that the physical performance assessment process could have relative to your health condition.

Last updated: 10/25/2013 4:17:17 PM