Job Opportunities

If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Wheatley, administrative assistant, at 802-295-3232 or via email.


The recruit testing process consists of 2 parts; a general knowledge written examination and the Candidate Physical Ability Test.

No prior training or experience in firefighting and/or emergency medical services is assumed of applicants taking the written examination. The exam is designed to assess cognitive and interpersonal abilities related to the following areas:

  • Map reading
  • Math
  • Mechanical and logical skills
  • Reading
  • Situational and interpersonal skills
  • Writing ability

Candidate Physical Ability Test

The Candidate Physical Ability Test is a timed practical exam used to test a candidate's physical ability to perform a job task related to firefighting. CPAT is a physically demanding test that requires a candidate to use his or her physical, mental abilities and, in some cases, balance. The CPAT involves 8 sequential events that must be completed in 10 minutes 20 seconds. The CPAT process is used in the selection of firefighters in participating fire agencies.

The Hartford Fire Department requires the successful completion of CPAT and a written exam for all new hires. The information on the next CPAT test to be administered in Vermont can be found on this website .