The test

There are five parts to the WFX-FIT:

  • 1 pre-screening component
  • 4 performance components

You must pass the pre-screening component before moving on to the performance components.

Pre-screening measures

Pre-screening includes:

You must arrive at the testing site with your completed PAR-Q+, Informed Consent and Release of Results documents.

Your resting blood pressure will be taken on site. If it is higher than 144/90 mmHg, you will need to provide a doctor’s note clearing you to take the test. If you know from a previous test that your blood pressure is high due to anxiety, you can arrive at the testing site with a note from your doctor that clears you for heavy exercise.

Performance measures

The four performance components listed below simulate the tasks and physical demands of firefighting. It is a timed circuit, conducted continuously, over a 40 metre (131.2 feet) course. You will be required to:

  • carry a medium pump on your back
  • hand carry a medium pump in your hands
  • perform a hose pack lift and carry it on your back
  • perform a charged hose advance

To qualify as an Ontario FireRanger you will need to complete the circuit in 17 minutes and 15 seconds.

To qualify nationally you must meet the national exchange standard of 14 minutes and 30 seconds. If you qualify nationally you can fight forest fires anywhere in Canada.

Preparing for the WFX-FIT test

The WFX-FIT is physically demanding. You are encouraged to start preparing for the test several weeks in advance.

Check the fitness training guidelines

Taking the test

To find out where you can take the test, contact the WFX-FIT testing agencies approved by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. Testing begins in early February and runs through March, depending on your location choice.

FireRanger WFX-FIT test dates and locations

Where and when you can take the fitness test used to become a FireRanger in Ontario.

Approved training agencies

Canadian Wildland Firefighter Fitness Testing (CWFFT)

14 Morgan Lane
Delhi, Ontario,
N4B 2W4
Contact: Robert Lacey
Email: wildlandwfx@gmail.com
Web: CWFFT.ca (Canadian Wildland Firefighter Fitness Testing)

FIRE 1

Contact: Lori Anne Stanger
North Bay
Telephone: 705-622-2810
Email: Fire1Training@gmail.com
Web: FIRE 1

Koller Kinesiology

Contact: Matt Koller, R Kin
Orillia, Ontario, L3V 3K4
Telephone: 705-350-0775
Email: mpkoller@hotmail.com
Web: Koller Kinesiology

KinFit

Wawa, Ontario, P0S 1K0
Contact: Kayley East
Telephone: 705-255-0134
Email: kayley@kettleswawa.com
Web: KinesioFit

Dexterra

627 Squier Street
Thunder Bay Ontario, P7B 4A7
Telephone: 807-345-3534 ext. 221 
Email: fire@dexterra.com
Web: Dexterra

All participants must register in advance. A valid e-mail address is required for registration.

Once your time slot has been confirmed, an e-mail will be sent to you confirming time, location, mandatory forms, and any other pertinent instructions. Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your appointment.

Updated: June 02, 2021
Published: March 27, 2014