Amarillo Fire Department releases details on recent exam

The Amarillo Fire Department held it's written exam this Saturday at the Amarillo Civic Center. There were a total of 91 participants taking the test, with 53 passing grades. 

Afterwards, those 53 candidates were asked to climb a 107' aerial ladder and walk through a CPAT orientation (Candidate Physical Ability Test).

The candidates have up to 8 weeks to complete the CPAT.  Upon successful completion of the physical ability test, they will then be called in for oral interviews.  

For the top finalists, the last steps will include a background check, drug screen and medical evaluation.  

AFD currently has 15 openings, with several more retirements expected in the next year.  The final number of cadets has yet to be authorized by the city, but they are hoping to hire at least 20 to 24 firefighters.  

The next fire academy should start sometime in January and run for approximately six months.

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