Physical Ability Test

Silver St Fire

Effective January 1, 2001, the Portland Fire Department has adopted a Physical Ability Test designed to obtain a qualified pool of candidates who are physically able to perform essential fire service job tasks.

Candidates for firefighter and paramedic firefighter positions will be subject to this test.

The PAT consists of simulated firefighting tasks that must be completed in 10 minutes and 20 seconds or less. It is a pass / fail test. A higher ranking on the eligibility list is not achieved by completing it in less time.

A guide to the PAT test and requirements downloaded HERE

Orientation / Practice Sessions

PAT orientation and practice sessions will be held at least eight weeks before any test is given. During these sessions a video describing the test is shown and the test course and equipment are available for candidates to practice with. Candidates will have an opportunity to take a practice test if they wish.


PAT testing will be scheduled between twelve and fifteen weeks after administration of the written entry exam.

For further information or questions please contact Fire Department Administrative Offices at 207-874-8400.