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Firefighter hopefuls' physical abilities put to test

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More than 125 firefighters job applicants challenged themselves Wednesday in the Candidate Physical Ability Test.

CPAT is one of the final stages of the application process for individuals interested in becoming Savannah firefighters. The test was held at the National Guard Armory on Eisenhower Drive. CPAT is a timed activity that stresses the physical abilities and endurance of firefighter applicants.

"I do love training. I love being sore - that I think is the best, and then coming in and getting it done just makes it feel so much better," said Mitchell Holmes, a firefighter job applicant.

Those who pass CPAT and a 100-foot ladder climb to test their sensitivity to heights are scheduled for a final interview. Those selected as firefighter trainees will then go through 14 weeks of rigorous training through the Savannah Fire Academy before becoming Savannah firefighters.

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