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Physical Ability/Fitness

Welcome to the physical ability test and fitness page for San Bernardino County Fire. This page contains information regarding the Biddle Physical Ability Test that our agency accepts for a firefighter/paramedic position. We have also provided a standard physical training program that you must complete if hired into our Fire Academy/Tower. We recommend you start preparing yourself to be physically and mentally ready. Accepting the challenge is the first step for a successful career in the fire service. SBCoFire recommends you consult with your physician prior to starting any physical regiment or dietary plan.

Job Interest Notification

Pull-ups Inspection Standing Ready Push-ups Running Female Firefighter


To have the energy needed to get your body physically ready, nutrition is very important. Find a nutrition program that works for you to gain the most energy while preparing for your future.

Recommended Diet Plan

SBCoFire Tower Physical Standards

Once you are successful in the selection process for firefighter/paramedic, you will start the Tower (SBCoFire’s Fire Academy). The following information is provided to help you prepare for the Tower.

Main workouts will include:

Push Ups
Flutter Kicks
Arm Circles
Sit Ups
Mountain Climbers

Standard to Complete Physical Training Program (PT Final)

Hotshot Standard
  • 1.5 mile run in a time of 10:35 or less
  • 40 sit-ups in 60 seconds or less
  • 25 pushups in 60 seconds or less
  • Pull-ups, based on body weight
  • More than 170 lbs. = 4 pull-ups
  • 135-169 lbs. = 5 pull-ups
  • 110- 134 lbs. = 6 pull-ups
  • Less than 110 lbs. = 7 pull-ups

Biddle Physical Ability Test (PAT)

To be a Firefighter/Paramedic with San Bernardino County Fire, you must successful complete the Biddle PAT. Your Biddle certification must have been passed/received within 1 year prior to the oral interview. We recommend that you be proactive and obtain your certification and not allow it to expire. Keep in mind the below college Biddle programs fill up quickly. SBCoFire will accept Biddle PATs from the following colleges: 

Mt. San Antonio College
Rio Honda College
Santa Ana College - *Santa Ana College asks that if you have taken the Biddle multiple times with their college, that you bring a job flyer showing that SBCoFire is testing and the Biddle is required for hiring.
Victor Valley Community College

Biddle Physical Ability Test

The following physical fitness video will help you be prepared.

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