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San Diego Welcomes Test Site For Firefighters

A firefighter candidate uses a pike to lift weights, simulating the force needed to prod open a ceiling at a fire scene, as part of the Candidate Physical Ability Test, at Miramar College, March 15, 2016.
A firefighter candidate uses a pike to lift weights, simulating the force needed to prod open a ceiling at a fire scene, as part of the Candidate Physical Ability Test, at Miramar College, March 15, 2016.

San Diego firefighters and new recruits now have a more convenient location to train and test their skills.

Until recently, firefighter candidates would have to travel to Orange County, or as far away as Sacramento, to take a physical test required by nearly every fire department in California.

The county of San Diego provided some of the funds to help equip the new site at Miramar College to hold the Candidate Physical Ability Test.

San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts discusses the need for a Firefighter Candidate Training Center at Miramar College, March 15, 2016.
San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts discusses the need for a Firefighter Candidate Training Center at Miramar College, March 15, 2016.

“This center will allow our local recruits and firefighters to stay here to earn their certification and their annual re-certification,” said San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts.

The firefighter test simulates some of the firefighting basics, like climbing stairs in full gear and carrying a hose. They also lift weighted metal plates with a firefighter's pike. Candidates have just over 10 minutes to complete the course.

“They're simulating that they’re pulling ceiling," said Capt. Shannon Mueller, instructor with San Diego Fire Rescue. "They’re looking ... to make sure that there is no hidden fire. To make sure that it’s all safe.”

San Diego now has the fourth physical testing site in the state.

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