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Albuquerque Fire Academy

Information about the Albuquerque Fire Academy.

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Open Enrollment

As a convenience, you can sign up to be notified when Open Enrollment will occur.

Sign up for Open Enrollment notification.

The Open Enrollment period will be announced in the Albuquerque Journal Sunday edition in the classified ads section before and during the Open Enrollment period.

Apply during Open Enrollment.

Application Process

If your applications is accepted, you will be given an appointment to take the Written Examination. Applicants that are successful on the written exam will proceed to the Pack test.  The Pack test is a work capacity test used to qualify individuals for wildland firefighting duty.  Applicants qualifying for the CPAT will be given a schedule of the optional workshops and timed practice tests.

You are encouraged to attend all of these sessions. Attendance at the workshops/timed practice tests will not be taken into consideration when making hiring decisions, but it is believed you may improve your test performance by attending all sessions.

Applicants who successfully complete the CPAT will be given a Recruit Candidate Investigation Questionnaire to complete and to return at the structured oral interview.

Pack Test

The Albuquerque Fire Department has adopted the Pack test as a physical ability component in the hiring process. Pack testing is for candidates for hire only. Candidates must successfully complete the Pack Test at the Ardous Level. The Pack Test Sheet provides a detailed description of the test and training.

Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)

The Albuquerque Fire Department has adopted the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) as a physical agility component in the hiring process. Testing is for candidates for hire only.

Firefighting requires above average aerobic and anaerobic capacity, muscular endurance and strength, and flexibility. The test is designed to identify individuals who have the physical attributes to perform the job of a firefighter. The test consists of eight separate job related physical tasks performed in a continuous sequence. The Orientation Guide provides a detailed description of the course and explains the Pass/Fail scoring system.

CPAT Orientation Class

As part of the Selection process the Albuquerque Fire Department will offer a CPAT orientation. The Orientation class includes:

  • information about the physical and mental rigors of the fire fighter job
  • a discussion of basic exercise concepts
  • specific CPAT physical training tips
  • a CPAT video that describes and demonstrates each test task

CPAT Preparation Guide

Get ready for the CPAT. Begin your physical training program now. AFD is providing a guide to preparing for the CPAT. Checkout this comprehensive Test Preparation Guide. It provides information about basic exercise concepts, specific flexibility, aerobic, and strength training exercises. It will also show you how to design your own exercise program and how to practice some of the events at home.

It tests a candidate to determine whether they are physically qualified to perform the job of a firefighter. All candidates must successfully pass the CPAT test for consideration of employment with the Albuquerque Fire Department.

The required job skills of modern firefighters are complex and rigorous. Firefighting is one of the most physically demanding jobs in the country, and it requires high levels of cardiopulmonary endurance, muscular strength, and muscular endurance. The CPAT workshops will afford candidates the opportunity to view test events, talk with instructors, and physically examine each test component in a controlled setting. Candidates will be allowed to practice and train in each specific activity. In most instances, training in each task proves the most effective means of success in the event.

Participants will be required to sign an injury waiver prior to their participation in any workshop.


The Mission of the Albuquerque Fire Academy is to provide and facilitate training opportunities to the firefighters, citizens of Albuquerque, and surrounding communities, that maximize preparedness for community emergency needs.

The goal is to ensure that all Department personnel maintain the core knowledge and practical skills needed to provide efficient, professional care and service to the citizens of Albuquerque.

Keeping Current

The Academy also serves to assess and coordinate all new technical information that is disseminated to Department personnel. It tests new equipment and procedures, facilitates fire company and individual performance evaluations, oversees Safety, Technical Rescue, Hazardous Materials, and Wildland Training Programs.

The Cadet Training Program provides cadets with the knowledge skills and abilities necessary to serve as a firefighter and EMT. The Cadet Training Program exceeds NFPA requirements for Firefighter 1 and 2 certification.

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