fitness standards for all of its nearly 200 firefighters.
"We don't want to do that. We want firefighters to pass the test. We want all our firefighters to pass," said Hill.
"If we show up with firefighters who are in really good physical condition and are able to do everything they need to do, that's all for your benefit," said Sioux Falls Fire Rescue Chief Donn Hill.
Fire fighters who don't pass the test in March will take it again in June. After that they'll have until October to pass before being dismissed from duty.
And now their jobs do, too. Next month firefighters begin their first trial run at a new physical fitness exam everyone in the department must pass in 2011.
"If we get a vehicle accident or a fire involving several stories of an apartment building, that's extremely physically taxing. So we work on both aspects, the emotional and physical parts of it," Luther said.
fat has also dropped department wide by three percent.
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"You look at it on paper and it can be very deceiving until you get the gear on," Luther said.
The gear is a 65 pound obstacle, which is reason in itself to spend time in the gym.
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"At any time we could be called out to a four alarm fire where we have to drag heavy charged hose which anyone who's done that can tell you that's extremely physically taxing," said Capt. Nick Luther.
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