Kentucky high school first in U.S. to offer CPAT to next generation of firefighters

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  • Published: 03/01/2024 12:00 AM

Fairdale High School in Fairdale, KY is making waves by training the next cohort of fire fighters and EMTs. During a recent ceremony held at the school, Dan Shirley, an instructor at the school’s Fire and EMS Academy, announced the acquisition of the school’s new Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) license allowing students to undergo testing before graduation. “The CPAT is crucial for students aspiring to pursue a career in the fire service,” said Shirley. “Having the opportunity to prepare for the test from the moment they enter the program until their senior year provides them with a significant advantage.” International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) CPAT Coordinator Bill Bussing said the school is the first high school in the U.S. to receive the license.


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