How to Prepare for the Physical Test

Please review this information to better help you prepare for the Physical Performance Test. This page was last updated on April 4, 2017.

View a video of the Physical Performance Test.

The City of Saint Paul believes early preparation for this test will improve your performance on this exam. The following fitness centers are offering training programs that have been approved by the City of Saint Paul, to assist you in training for the physical performance test. The City cannot guarantee any preparation method over another will result in successful completion of the test, or a career on the Saint Paul Fire Department, however, we do encourage you to begin training for this test. Members of the fitness center below will have access to the Saint Paul Fire training site and equipment. Contact them for more information!

Power House at Highland

       Contact: Meredith Forbes

617 S Snelling Ave | St. Paul, MN 55116

651.699.4864 or 612.354.9229 |


Crossfit Slipstream

        Contact: John Bryant

105 State Street, Suite 100 | St. Paul, MN 55107

612.644.9781 | or


The Athlete Lab

     Contact: Kate Klaers

3225 Country Drive | Little Canada, MN 55117

612.770.4322 |


For detailed information about the physical performance test, including stations and weight specifications, click here.

For suggestions on how to prepare for the physical performance test, click here.

Click here for physical test written instructions for candidates.


Physical Performance Test Time

Physical Performance Test Band Score

Less than 3 minutes, 30 seconds


3 minutes, 30 seconds – 4 minutes, 14 seconds


4 minutes, 15 seconds – 4 minutes, 59 seconds


5 minutes – 5 minutes, 44 seconds


5 minutes, 45 seconds – 7 minutes


More than 7 minutes


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