|The Los Angeles County and Orange County Fire Chiefls Physical Abillity Test (Otherwise Known as the Biddle)
||Lead Proctor of the Rio Hondo College Biddle Testing is Captain Bill Noble, Santa Fe Springs Fire and Rescue.
||Every 2nd Saturday of every Month at 0800. Be here at 0745.
||11400 Greenstone Ave in Santa Fe Springs, CA.
Please park on the street as you will not be able to drive on the property on test day.
||$25.00 per person, checks prefered payable to "Rio Hondo College". Please Bring ID as well.
||Many agencies require the Biddle, some require the CPAT. The BIddle IS NOT the CPAT. Make sure you identify exactly which physical abilites test your are required to take for the agency you are applying to.
||Work out clothing and tennis shoes and if you want, bring knee pads. We provide turnout coats, the SCBA and the helmets. You may also bring gloves although we have them as well for your use.
We reserve the right to inspect all equipment you wish to bring and use prior to you being tested to ensure it meets the Biddle standards.
||"First come, first served"
Candidates can only take the biddle one time on the 2nd Saturday of the month. If we elect to add additional Biddle times, you cannot take the Biddle twice or on the same day. The test is at 0800 and is first come, first served. Plan on being here 4 hours.
The cost is increasing to $25.00 beginning on 1 July 2011. Cash or checks payable to Rio Hondo college, no credit cards please.
Rio Hondo Fire Academy is located in the City of Santa Fe Springs, next to Santa Fe Springs F.D. Headquarters Station 1.
The address is 11400 Greenstone Avenue, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670 (Main cross street - Lakeland)
11400 Greenstone Ave
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670-4621
LOS ANGELES AREA /ORANGE COUNTY FIRE CHIEFS
FIREFIGHTER PHYSICAL ABILITY TEST
Turnout coat (with liner), breathing apparatus, helmet and firefighting gloves, equipment will be provided by Rio Hondo College if needed. Candidate must use breathing apparatus provided.
9 minutes and 34 seconds or less
EVENT 1 - DRY HOSE DEPLOYMENT
Candidate advances 150-feet of 1.75-inch dry hose with nozzle, around two obstacles.
EVENT 2 - CHARGED HOSE DEPLOYMENT
Candidate advances charged 1.75-inch hose with nozzle, 70-feet, 32-feet of the hose deployment involves stooping or crawling while advancing the hose into a narrowing hallway.
EVENT 3 - HALYARD RAISE
Candidate raises and lowers the fly section of a 35-foot aluminum extension ladder one time.
EVENT 4 - ROOF WALK
Candidate ascends and descends a 14-foot ladder attached to a simulated-pitched roof with a chain saw in his or her hand.
EVENT 5 - ATTIC CRAWL
Candidate crawls a distance of 20-feet across a simulated attic-joist floor, while carrying a simulated flashlight in his or her hand.
EVENT 6 - ROOF VENTILATION
Candidate stands on a simulated-pitched roof and strikes a padded area 30 times with an 8-pound sledgehammer.
EVENT 7 - VICTIM REMOVAL
Candidate carries or drags a 154-pound dummy around two obstacles 13 feet apart.
EVENT 8 - LADDER REMOVAL / CARRY
Candidate removes a 24 foot aluminum extension ladder from mounting bracket, carries the ladder around a diamond shaped course 54 feet long and replaces the ladder back on the mounting brackets.
EVENT 9 - STAIR CLIMB WITH HOSE PACK
Candidate ascends to the 4th floor of the tower, using the stairs, carrying a 49- pound hose pack. Drops the hose pack and performs event 10. Candidate then descends the tower, using the same stairs, to the first floor carrying the hose pack.
EVENT 10 - ATTIC CRAWL
Candidate crawls on hands and knees on the 4th floor of the tower for a distance of 60 feet. This will be done when candidate is performing event 9.
EVENT 11 - HOSE HOIST
Candidate will ascend to the 3rd floor of the tower, using the stairs, carrying 2 air bottles weighing 29 pounds (connected with a 2 foot strap). After dropping off the air bottles the candidate will then hoist up a 100 foot section of extended 1.75-inch hose line with nozzle, up and through the window, picking up the air bottles and descending the tower to the finish line, ending the test.