The City of Kingsport will soon be taking applications for the Kingsport Fire Department (KFD) Rookie Firefighter Candidates. Candidates wishing to apply can do so at in the coming months.

The Kingsport Fire Department’s Rookie Firefighter Candidate hiring procedure relies on a multi-step process consisting of  application by the candidate,  a scheduled written exam with a Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) and interviews.

The KFD utilizes the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) as a benchmark for candidates during the hiring process. Potential applicants are encouraged to review the test information and preparation materials on this website: CPAT link

The Fire Service Joint Labor Management Wellness/Fitness Initiative Candidate Physical Ability Test© consists of eight separate events. The CPAT is a sequence of events requiring the candidate to progress along a predetermined path from event to event in a continuous manner . This test was developed to allow fire departments a means for obtaining pools of trainable candidates who are physically able to perform essential job tasks at fire scenes. CPAT Video