Shawnee Fire Department, having two positions open, accepted applications for probationary firefighters and gave entrance tests Saturday at Gordon Cooper Technology Center.

Each candidate is required to perform the following as a minimum:

• Run 1.5 miles within 13 minutes

• Perform a minimum of 35 bent-knee sit-ups within two minutes

• Perform a minimum of 25 standard push-ups

• Beam walk — The candidate, given a beam measuring 20 feet long by 3- to 4-inches wide, and given a length of fire hose weighing at least 20 pounds, shall walk the length of the beam, carrying the length of hose, without falling off or stepping off the beam.

• 125-pound weight carry — The candidate, given a weight of 125 pounds shall lift the weight from the floor and carry the weight 100 feet without stopping.

• Side-to-Side weight carry — The candidate, starting from an erect position with feet apart, the distance approximately shoulder width, shall move a 15-pound (7 kg.) weight in the following manner: bend over, grasp the weight with both hands while it is at a point on the floor between the feet, and lift weight to waist level, then place the weight on the floor approximately 12 inches (305 mm) outside the left foot, and without letting go, raise the weight to waist level and touch it to the floor about 12 inches (305 mm) outside the right foot. The weight shall then be moved alternately in this fashion from left foot to waist level, to right; right waist level to left until it has been moved seven times in each direction with the total horizontal distance of travel being at least 21 inches (610 mm) more than the space between the feet for each of the 14 moves. This shall be done in less than 35 seconds. 

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Shawnee Fire Department, having two positions open, accepted applications for probationary firefighters and gave entrance tests Saturday at Gordon Cooper Technology Center.

“Candidates who successfully pass all portions of the physical agility test will move on to the second phase of the hiring process Saturday afternoon,” Andy Starkey, deputy fire chief, said. “These candidates will be given a computer-based National Fire Select Test (NFST).”

Starkey said the NFST is a content and criterion-valid written test used to measure candidates’ ability to effectively work with the public and other members of their department in addition to reading comprehension, writing ability, mechanical aptitudes, map reading, mathematical reasoning, and various human relations skills.

“Candidates who are successful in Phase One and Two will then be added to a hiring list,” he said. “Candidates will be selected from this list, based on previous experience, qualifications, etc., to participate in our interview process with the most qualified candidate being selected for hire.”

Starkey said the fire department has had a lot of help with testing, thanks to Superintendent Marty Lewis and his staff at Gordon Cooper Technology Center.

“They have been great to work with,” Starkey said. “They not only allowed us to use their campus for our testing but have went above and beyond to help with any needs we have had.”

You can reach Vicky O. Misa at (405) 214-3962.