South Bend, Ind. The South Bend Fire Department is currently accepting applications. It’s something they do every two years because if your name makes it to the list, it is only good for two years.
You can pick up the applications at the main fire station at 1222 S. Michigan Street or go online. You have to have the applications in by May 30th.
After you turn in your application you will have to take a written, oral and physical test. The written test is June 28th. If you pass that you will take the physical part. The physical exam consists of eight stations and you have 10 minutes and 20 seconds to get through it.
You start on the stair stepper carrying 75 pounds. If you get past that, you shed 25 of those pounds and do a hose pull. You then have to carry equipment, do a ladder pull, wall breach, go through a dark maze, drag a 165 pound dummy and finally do a ceiling breach.
If you pass that, it’s time for the oral exam, and if you complete all three tests successfully you will be added to the list. Based on your scores you will receive a ranking.
Assistant Chief John Corthier says they usually have a list of about 150 people who pass everything. From that listed they usually take about 10 – 15 people.
Corthier says the best thing you can do is not lie on your application. He says sometimes people won’t tell the complete truth because they think the fire department won’t find out, but they do. If you lie on your applications you will be eliminated immediately.