Categorized | Samantha Baker

SFD Candidate Testing

Candidates run through the physical abilities test for the Springdale Fire Department Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Station 1 in Springdale. Only the top candidates with the department were asked to participate in the test after completing a written exam and interview. Candidates had to perform 10 different physical activities, eight of which were performed back-to-back and had to be completed in less than 8 minutes, 51 seconds in order to pass. Candidates also had to wear a 50-pound weight vest while doing the test. The climb up the 75 foot ladder was not timed and neither was a craw through a tunnel wearing a mask which the candidate could not see out of.

At the end of the test, the firefighters were nice enough to give me a ride in the bucket of the ladder truck they were using to see just how high these guys had to climb up and look down on. I think it’s safe to say I won’t be testing with the department anytime soon because that was pretty scary! On the bright side, I got some nice shots of the city from the top!

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I'm originally from Colorado and I was introduced to photojournalism in high school while working on the school's yearbook. In 2011, I graduated from Colorado State University with degrees in journalism and art. This is my first “real-world” job, but while in college I worked for CSU's daily student newspaper and I interned for Denver-based Westword, the Colorado Eagles (ACHL hockey team) and Johnson and Wales University. I cherish analog photography and I like to shoot on a medium-format Mamyia RB67 whenever I can. While I'm not at work, I enjoy doing all sorts of physical activities, especially mud runs and Crossfit, and I love to bake desserts (which are usually consumed by my coworkers).