Fitness Evaluation and Physical Agility Test

A fitness evaluation is required for all public safety applicants for the City of Marietta. The evaluation measures the applicant's physical ability to perform the essential functions of a Firefighter/AEMT with or without reasonable accommodation. The evaluation is conducted by a certified fitness professional and follows the guidelines of The Cooper Institute's ( universally accepted standard for public safety employees. The standard provides the minimum acceptable scores that an individual must achieve to proceed further in the hiring process.

Components of the Fitness Evaluation

During the fitness evaluation, each candidate will successfully complete each of four (4) activities with a period of rest between each. Refer to the following table for the list of activities and the minimum passing score. Remember, you MUST attain the minimum passing score in every station to move on to the next phase of testing, the Physical Agility Test.

StationMinimum Passing Score
Sit-up27 in one minute
Push-up18 continuous push-ups
300 Meter Run68 seconds
1.5 Mile Run15:20

Physical Agility Test

Firefighting is an extremely demanding occupation; it requires agility, strength, and stamina. The Physical Agility Test is designed to evaluate the candidate's ability to perform firefighting activities and is a major part of the examination process for the position of Firefighter/EMT. Understanding this part of the examination and being prepared for it are critical factors for your success. The City of Marietta Fire Department has designed this skill-specific, 7-station test to measure a candidate's capacity for performing job-specific tasks. 

Candidates will successfully complete the following stations:

Rescue Drag or CarrySimulate a rescue: drag or carry a 160 pound rescue dummy the distance of 50 feet.
Hose AdvanceSimulate advancing a hand line: pull a nozzle attached to a 75 pound tire the distance of 50 feet.
Sledge Hammer StrikesSimulate ventilation: using a sledge hammer, deliver 15 strikes to a tire.
Ladder Removal and PlacementSimulate ladder removal from and placement on an engine: lift a 45 pound kettle bell from the floor, place it on a surface that is 60" from the floor, and then return the weight to the floor. 5 reps
Stair ClimbSimulate climbing stairs using a 24-inch fitness box; 10 reps
Sled PushPush a 45 pound weighted sled a distance of 50-feet

Candidate Instructions

  1. The candidate may not run during the test Physical Agility Test.
  2. Time will begin at the starting of the first exercise and shall stop when the candidate completes the last exercise. The candidate may pause during the test but time will continue to elapse.
  3. The candidate may ask that instructions for all or any single exercise be read again but time will continue to elapse if the test has already begun.

Physical Testing Recommendations

Candidates are strongly recommended to make the following preparations prior to the fitness assessment:

  • Plan ahead. Participate in a strength and endurance fitness program for several weeks before the physical agility test.
  • Fast for one hour prior to your assessment. It is recommended that you consume little or no food and no caffeinated or highly acidic beverages within the hour prior to your test.
  • Wear workout clothing to the test.
  • Wear athletic shoes for running activities.
  • Refrain from using tobacco products three to four hours prior to assessment.

Candidates should consider having a complete physical exam at their own expense prior to the City's fitness test.