14 applicants show up for an intense interview in hopes of being an Ottumwa firefighter

OFD Agility Test

We all know what a firefighter does, but do you know what it takes to actually get the job?

The Ottumwa Fire Department is looking to hire a new member for its crew, and today 14 applicants showed up at Bridge View Center for an intense job interview.

First, the candidates must participate in an agility test, which includes eight different stations. Two are pass or fail, and the remaining six events are timed. Some of the courses include a claustrophobia test, climbing a 35-foot extension ladder and dragging a 140-pound dummy 100 feet.

â??Those that pass that will do an oral interview with the three assistant chiefs and the chief, and then after that, they'll complete a two-and-a-half hour written test tonight, so it's quite a process that they have to go through to become a firefighter, then we'll determine which one gets hired, and after that, we'll start from there,â?? Asst. Fire Chief Mike Craff said.

Craff says it's a grueling and exhausting day, but it's what's required of those who are wanting to be a firefighter in the City of Ottumwa.