From Mayor Bill Finch:
City Extends CPAT Registration for Firefighter Candidates;
Written Exam to be held November 19
Mayor Bill Finch and Fire Chief Brian Rooney and the Civil Service Commission announced today that the City of Bridgeport has extended the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) registration for firefighter recruits to July 29, 2011. Additionally, the date of the written exam for new recruits has been moved from July 25 to November 19, 2011.
“It takes a special person to be a firefighter. They are heroes and role models,” Mayor Finch said. “We’ve made the decision to extend the deadlines for testing to ensure that we are able to find the very best men and women who represent the diverse community they will serve when they join the ranks of the Bridgeport Fire Department.”
Earlier this year, City announced that for first time in its history, the examination process would require all firefighter applicants to possess a valid CPAT certification, issued by the State of Connecticut Fire Academy. The CPAT certification is a practical exam conducted by the Connecticut Fire Academy used to test a candidate’s physical ability to perform a job task-related to firefighting.
“The Bridgeport Fire Department offers men and women outstanding careers,” said Fire Chief Rooney. “I urge all those interested to take advantage of this time extension.”
Candidates interested in applying to the Bridgeport Fire Department can obtain CPAT information from the Commission on Fire Prevention and Control website at www.ct.gov/cfpc and application information from the City of Bridgeport website at www.bridgeportct.gov and click on the link to the Civil Service Department. A fund has been established to assist qualified Bridgeport residents who wish to apply for a position with the Fire Department, but who may not be able to afford the cost of the CPAT testing. This grant is available on a first-come, first-served basis to approximately 150 qualified residents. To qualify, potential candidates must be a Bridgeport resident, meet financial need requirements and demonstrate involvement in community service
The Fire Department Recruitment Team will initiate new recruiting efforts throughout Bridgeport neighborhoods. To contact the Recruitment Team call 203.337.2068.
The CPAT involves eight events that must be completed in 10 minutes, 20 seconds. The CPAT process is used in the selection of firefighters in participating fire agencies throughout the United States, Canada, and the State of Connecticut. CPAT testing has been adopted by 41 paid professional fire departments in the State of Connecticut, including New Haven, Stamford, Waterbury, Stratford, Milford, and Westport.
CPAT test cost $150. In addition to the CPAT fee, the cost for the written examination is $135 for non-residents and $35 for Bridgeport residents.
Candidates who are interested in applying to the Bridgeport Fire Department must have valid CPAT certification dated June 1, 2010 or later before they can take the written examination to be conducted by the Bridgeport Civil Service Department on November 19, 2011 at Central High School.
David Dunn, Personnel Director, said “The planned examination process includes a written examination, oral examination, psychological evaluation, as well as a thorough background investigation.” Dunn further explained, “First, candidates must pass the physical ability test (CPAT test). Then they may apply to the City and show proof of CPAT certification for the written examination. Those who pass the written examination may proceed to the oral examination. Candidates will then be screened through psychological evaluations, and background investigations.”