New Candidate Testing Process

Written Test:

Applicants are required to take and pass a written Civil Service examination. A minimum score of 70% is required. Failure to achieve the minimum score will eliminate the applicant from further consideration during this application. The City of North Platte and the fire department currently use the IPMA-HR Entry Level Firefighter test. Note there is a study guide through the Public Safety Compass website one can purchase for the IPMA-HR Entry Level Firefighter test, as well as many other entry level testing study guides to help one interested in preparing for your written exam.

Physical Agility Test:

The physical agility test used by the North Platte Fire Department is a pass or fail test. The test consists of several events that must be completed within specified time periods. A copy of the list of events in the physical agility test and the necessary completion times will be sent to each applicant along with notification of the date, time, and place of the test. If an applicant fails an event, he or she is entitled to a second attempt at that event after a thirty-minute rest period. Failure to complete the course as required will eliminate the applicant from further consideration during this application process.

For initial employment a physical agility performance test is conducted. This test consists of the following:

1. Aerial Ladder Climb – This test is to determine if the candidate has a fear of heights, not his or her climbing ability. The candidate, wearing an air pack, will be required to climb to a point seventy-five feet (75’) above the ground and return on an extended aerial ladder attached to an aerial apparatus. This exercise is not timed but only a reasonable amount of time will be allowed to complete this portion of the test.

2. The candidate shall complete all of the following:

  • Pull-ups – Minimum of 7 (palms away) or Push-ups – Minimum of 25 (standard)
  • Lift and Carry Exercise – This exercise determines the strength of the lower extremities, upper body strength, and endurance of the candidate. The candidate, dressed in a bunker coat, bunker pants, gloves, and a helmet, will be required to pick up a set of barbells, weighing 125 lbs., and carry it one-hundred feet without stopping.
  • Hose Drag Exercise – This test is to determine the candidate’s agility and strength while moving a charged hose line. The candidate will be required to drag a one hundred foot (100’) long length of 1¾” fire hose that is pressurized to 100 psi. The hose must be dragged 200 feet in the allotted time of 30 seconds.
  • Bent Knee Sit-Ups – The candidate will perform 35 bent knee sit-ups in 2 minutes.
  • Weight Lift – Starting from an erect position with feet spread shoulder-width apart, the candidate will move a fifteen-pound weight in the following manner: Bend over, grasp the weight both hands while it is on the floor between the feet, lift weight to waist level, place weight on floor approximately twelve inches outside the left foot, and, without letting go, raise the weight back to waist level then touch it to the floor approximately twelve inches outside the right foot. Repeat this motion in the opposite direction. The weight shall be moved in this fashion until it has been moved seven times in each direction with the total horizontal distance being at least twenty-four inches more than the space between the feet for each of the fourteen moves. This exercise shall be performed in 35 seconds or less.

3. The candidate shall choose one of the following to complete:

  1. Run 1½ miles within 13 minutes
  2. Walk 3 miles within 38 minutes
  3. Bicycle 4 miles within 12 minutes (Schwinn Air Dyne)
  4. Swim 500 yards within 8 minutes and 20 seconds

Interview Process:

Upon passing the written and the physical agility testing phases; notification of the candidates scheduled oral interviews will be sent by mail or special messenger as the situation dictates. Candidates will be interviewed by a five-member board of Fire Department officers. All evaluations and recommendations of this board will be forwarded in writing to the Civil Service Commission. After successful completion of the preceding requirements, all applicants will be interviewed by the Civil Service Commission to determine if each candidate is qualified for certification and placement on the entry-level eligibility list. The entry-level eligibility list will then be forwarded to the City Administrator. Which the eligibility list shall be good for up to 2 years.