We would like to announce the Vermont CPAT test dates:
Orientation: Tuesday, August 11 and Wednesday, August 12 and Thursday, August 13
CPAT Exam: October 27, 28 and 29(by appointment only)
Location: Champlain Valley Exposition – Robert E. Miller Expo Center, 105 Pearl Street, Essex Jct., VT 05453
***All application forms are due by Friday, July 31st****
The Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) was developed by a joint labor management initiative between the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) to address the need to develop a physical ability test for consistent pre-employment testing for the hiring of candidate fire fighters. A survey of tools and equipment, protective equipment, and job descriptions, as well as the demographics of both the fire fighters and the citizens they serve was conducted. From the results of this survey, fire ground tasks were studied and certain tasks were determined to be a fair and valid evaluation tool in the selection of entry level fire fighters.
CPAT is a licensed process that requires a study to be performed that ensures all firefighters within the jurisdiction, in this case Vermont, perform similar tasks with similar equipment during similar time frames. In turn, the study ensures that the CPAT test is valid and fair for all entry-level firefighters throughout Vermont. Currently the municipalities of Burlington, South Burlington, Williston, Hartford, Saint Johnsbury, Springfield, and Brattleboro have committed to using this testing process.
A test that is proven safe and is standard with job specifications results in a test that cannot be challenged by a candidate as discriminatory in any manner. The IAFF and IAFC have worked with the Department of Justice to ensure the test is fair and legal.
Just as this test is fair for all candidates, CPAT also ensures a high level of professionalism within the fire service in Vermont. Along with education and training, fitness and health are essential for an individual to succeed in today’s fire service. A fire fighter that is healthier and more physically fit is a fire fighter that will be able to provide the best possible fire protection and emergency medical services to the community they serve. Health and fitness also contribute to a fire fighter’s enjoyment of a fulfilled, and hopefully injury-free career, placing less of a burden on communities and coworkers.


Southwestern NH District Fire Mutual Aid is accepting resumes for full-time Communications Specialists for the purpose of developing a hiring list for future openings. Resumes should be mailed to Chief Philip Tirrell, PO Box 443, Keene, NH 03431 before August 21, 2015. Resumes may be dropped off at the dispatch center at 32 Vernon St. in Keene with prior notification.


Keene Fire will be hosting a 2015 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Application Development Workshop on Sept. 17, 2015 starting at 1800 hours.
More details will be released as we get closer. As we will be requesting RSVP’s to make sure we have enough room and materials.
It is expected that the 2015 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program will be open for applications in October/November of 2015.
Each year, prior to the application period, the FEMA Region 1 Fire Grant Program Specialists travel throughout New England, providing training workshops relative to the AFG Program. These workshops will run approx. 2 ½ hours and will provide information on the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, what is new for the 2015 round and tips on how to develop and submit a successful application. These workshops also provide an opportunity for your fire service constituents to ask questions and network with our Grant Specialists and other AFG applicants / recipients.

Pierce Fire Apparatus Demo in Keene NH

Pierce Fire Apparatus will be at the Keene Fire station on July 15th,
2015 at 0900hrs to demonstrate Pierces new 107′ Ascendant. This is one of a
kind Aerial in which it is 107′ on a single axel, One set of out riggers,
750 tip load, 500# when flowing 1500gpm. 500 gallon tank. All in a 39′ 2″
over all length package. We welcome anyone that wants to stop by and see it.
We will have a factory Aerial rep on site to answer any questions. Please
pass on the date and if anyone has any questions, Please feel free to call
me. For Vermont customers, You can call Jason Henske at 1-800-231-8458 ext
374 or

Steve Auger
Minuteman Fire & Rescue Apparatus, Inc.
2181 Providence Hwy.
Walpole, Massachusetts 02081
800.225.4808 ext. 376