The City of Bryan hires firefighters from an
eligibility list, which consists of applicants who have successfully passed a
written examination. The list remains valid for one (1) year, unless exhausted
sooner. After passing the written exam, the applicant must pass a fitness
assessment and physical proficiency exam, a thorough background investigation,
the Behavioral Personnel Assessment Device Test (B-PAD), an oral interview, a
physical examination, and a drug screen. The applicant must successfully
complete the above criteria before a final review is done and a job offer is
made. Failure to meet the minimum requirements, false statements made in any
material fact, any information intentionally withheld or omitted, or any
deception or attempt of deception or fraud at any point during the employment
process by the applicant shall result in immediate disqualification. Applicants
may be disqualified at any phase of the process.
Bryan is a city noted for its warmth and
hospitality. It covers an area of 43.4 square miles and has a population of over
72,000. Situated in the center of the "Texas Triangle" formed by Houston,
Dallas/Fort Worth and San Antonio, over 80% of the state's population is within
three hours drive from Bryan. Bryan and its sister city, College Station, are
also privileged to be the home of the Texas A&M University and the George Bush
Presidential Library. The Bryan Fire Department has an operational budget of
approximately $9 million with 114 full-time employees operating out of five fire
stations. The department provides fire protection and emergency medical services
to the City of Bryan, as well as EMS to the northern half of Brazos County.
You will have 12 minutes to run/walk one (1) mile.
You can either run, walk, or do a combination of each. However, you can not stop
forward movement. This task will be separate from all other tasks. Should you
pass this assessment, you will report to the Bryan Fire Department drill field
for the remaining tasks. (Directions to the drill field will be given at the
All exercises in the Physical Proficiency Examination are simulations of the
actual tasks performed by the Bryan Firefighters in the discharge of their
duties. All tasks are to be performed with bunker coat, gloves, helmet and air
pack (except the ladder climb). Tasks 1 through 9 will be performed
continuously with no breaks between tasks. If you are unable to perform a
task, you will continue testing and retry that task at the end of the test.
There will be no breaks between the end of the test and the task you are
re-testing for. You will only be allowed one re-test.
With the ladder fully extended at 70 degrees, climb to the top platform
without stopping. You will be tied off with a safety line. Gloves and helmet
Pick up the nozzle end of a 1 ¾ inch hose and drag the hose 75 ft. to a
pre-positioned drum. Make a 90° turn and continue an additional 25 ft. Place
nozzle in box, kneel on one knee, and pull remaining 75 ft. across finish
Using hand-over-hand technique, raise the flies of a 35 foot extension ladder
to maximum height.
Carry a 50 foot rolled section of double jacketed 3 inch hose from the base of
the training tower up to the fourth floor and back down to the base.
Crawl through a 12 foot tubular obstacle.
Stand at the fourth story of the training tower, pull a 35 pound equipment bag
that is attached to a 1/2 inch rope to the top of the railing. You must use a
hand-under-hand method. The rope can not touch the railing. Once you start,
you cannot stop upward movement of the equipment bag.
Walk 25 yards, pick up a 165 pound rescue mannequin, and drag it back to your
starting point without stopping.
Using an 8 pound sledgehammer, move the Keiser slide to the opposite end in 22
Pick up a positive pressure fan and walk 25 yards without setting it down.