The candidate will climb an aerial ladder extended to 75 feet at a 60-degree angle, touch the top ladder rung and climb back down. Climbing will be continuous with no stops. The department will provide the required helmet, gloves, and ladder belt (with lifeline attached).
Pauses on the ladder, for no longer than 10 seconds, are permitted only to check/re-establish safe footing. Personnel monitoring the climb will fail the candidate if it is evident that the candidate is not ascending/descending the ladder at a safe and reasonable pace.
Critical failure is stopping while climbing and not touching the designated rung at the top of the ladder.
The candidate will don a weighted vest (50 pounds), helmet, and a self-contained breathing apparatus face piece with covered lens and gloves. The candidate will be led into the Class A building and instructed to walk around in a designated area within the structure for a period of five minutes. The candidate’s face piece and equipment must remain on for no less than five minutes.
Critical failure is removing the face piece during the assessment.