Tri-County Abilities Test

Next scheduled exams:

Dates: 3/22/2017; 5/24/2017; 7/26/2017; 9/27/2017; 11/20/2017 (FULL!)
Cost: $75.00

This test is required as a component of the application process for six northeast Florida fire departments. Departments which require this test are:

  • City of Jacksonville Beach Fire Department
  • City of St. Augustine Fire Department
  • Clay County Fire Rescue
  • Flagler County Fire Rescue
  • Nassau County Fire Rescue
  • St. Johns County Fire Rescue

The current cost for the testing process is $75, which is non-refundable.

Candidates may register by phone at (904) 547-3542, or in person at the registration office on the Main Campus or Public Safety campus. Each test is limited to the first 50 applicants on a first come, first served basis.

All registered applicants will be sent a detailed information package containing requirements for testing, suggested study materials, time / date / location of testing, and a detailed description of the process.

As a brief overview, the test consists of three components:

  • Written (multiple choice) exam
    • 50% fire based questions / 50 % EMS based questions
  • Medical skills testing
    • Hands on testing of three EMS skills
  • On-Target Combat Task test
    • Series of five tasks performed in seven minutes or less.
      • Hose carry to fifth floor
      • Hose hoist to fifth floor
      • Kaiser sled machine (forcible entry simulator)
      • Charged hose drag
      • 165 lb mannequin drag

You may view a short video demonstration of the On-Target Combat Task test at the following link:

(NOTE:  The two mile walk shown on the video is NOT a part of the Tri-county test. It is given only to those seeking to enter the fire academy.)