Municipal Service Firefighter Examination Test Date – March 24, 2018

This examination is being held to establish an eligible list from which to fill Firefighter vacancies in civil service for the Town of Arlington. The Town of Arlington is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity. We strongly encourage women, minorities, veterans and people with disabilities to apply.  This examination consists of two components and candidates must take and pass both the written examination and the entry level physical abilities test in order to be placed on the Firefighter eligible list.  Apply online at


Written Examination Date: March 24, 2018

ELPAT Examination Dates: January 2018 – July 2018 (Deadline date TBD)

Application Deadline: February 7, 2018

Examination Fee: $200

Written Examination Locations: Various sites across the state

ELPAT Examination Location: Hudson National Guard Armory

*There is an additional $50 late fee for applications received after February 7, 2018. Applications will NOT be accepted after February 21, 2018

Age Requirement:  As of the posting of this notice, candidates must be at least 19 years of age on or before March 24, 2018, for all civil service Firefighter jurisdictions as defined in M.G.L. Chapter 31, Section 58

DUTIES: Firefighters often perform risky and physically demanding duties under emergency conditions. Firefighters work under supervision, often as a member of a team, to respond to fires and other emergencies. Firefighter duties may include, for example: connecting, pulling, and operating hose lines; operating a pump; positioning and climbing ladders; emergency rescue and lifesaving; ventilating smoke-filled areas; using and maintaining tools and equipment; training; and fire station activities. For a more detailed listing of duties, see the essential functions of a Massachusetts Firefighter, available at

Written Examination: The written examination consists of three subtests: the Written Ability Test (WAT),  the  Life  Experience Survey  (LES),  and  the  Work  Styles  Questionnaire (WSQ). The WAT is administered to measure cognitive abilities that have been identified as essential to performing the duties of a Firefighter. The WAT includes areas of verbal expression, verbal comprehension, problem sensitivity, deductive reasoning, inductive reasoning, and information ordering. The LES consists of a series of multiple-choice questions related to candidates’ past history and experience of potential relevance to successful performance of entry-level Firefighters. The WSQ is designed to assess certain motivational, value-related and attitudinal characteristics that are of potential relevance to successful performance of entry-level Firefighters.   A Firefighter Written Examination Orientation and Preparation Guide, which describes the written examination in more detail, is available at  Notices to Appear for the written component including time and location of the examination will be issued to applicants 2 weeks prior to the examination date via email.

ELPAT:  The ELPAT is designed to assess a candidate’s capacity to perform the tasks ordinarily performed by a Firefighter while on the job. This is accomplished by requiring the candidate to perform a series of events that both simulate firefighting activities and depend on the physical abilities required to perform the Firefighter’s job. These abilities include cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength, muscular endurance and flexibility. The exercise training program presented in the Physical Ability Test Preparation Guide, available on the website, provides candidates with the information they need to improve their level of physical fitness by conditioning the individual muscles and muscle groups involved in the tasks performed by a Firefighter.  You may also view a video of the ELPAT exercises at visit  Candidates must self-schedule their Entry Level Physical Abilities Test (ELPAT). Once an application has been received and a valid payment or fee waiver has been verified, an email will be sent out to the candidate within one week providing instructions on how to schedule your ELPAT. Appointments will be available on a first come, first served basis and it is highly recommended that the ELPAT is scheduled as soon as possible.

Failure to complete the ELPAT by the deadline (summer 2018, deadline date still TBD), will result in failure of the examination and your name will not be placed on the eligible list. Failure of the written component will also result in failure of the examination and your name will not be placed on the eligible list.

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