Job Candidates Put to the Test

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With the sun glaring down at them, would-be firefighters braved the heat during their physical exam. The Meridian Fire Department started drilling candidates around 8:00 a.m. and carried on into the afternoon. This is the first step toward becoming an entry-level firefighter.

The candidates are required to complete a series of physical activities including a 1.5 mile run in less than 14 minutes. Most of the activities outside of the usual sit-ups and push-ups were designed to be job specific.

"Most of it is job related. It simulates something they will be required to do in the course of their employment," said Fire Chief Jeff Homan.

Those who make it through this physical test will take a civil service exam. The candidates who pass will be interviewed Friday and from there, the real training begins.