Laredoans train to become firefighters

By: Valerie Bragg Email
By: Valerie Bragg Email
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Around 300 men and women are invited to take the agility test to become a firefighter.  Reporter Valerie Bragg takes the test just to see how tough it is.

Over the weekend at their training facility, their bodies were put to the test through different physical trainings.

LAREDO, TX (KGNS) -"Ever since I was a little kid, I always wanted to be a firefighter, since I can remember. I enjoy making a difference in people's lives."

A dream is what brought these men and women to the fire-training center. They all want to be firefighters, but first, they had to pass a written test to get to the agility portion of the test.

"Quite the challenge. The wall, I'm pretty tall for the wall, so that was kind of easy. It's real heavy of your legs, it's a great endurance test."

Francisco Lopez is one of the few applicants to pass the agility test. Out of the 170 people who made it to the agility test about 96 passed. They put our reporter, Valerie Bragg, to the test too. (See video) The agility test is six different stations.

The challenges are designed to test the skills and strength needed to perform tasks every firefighter must perform on the job. Those that didn't pass the agility test will get another chance. Joshua De Leon graduated from the academy about a year ago. He has some words of advice for those retaking the test.

"Don't give up, don't let your mind beat you. Stay focused, stay strong, don't let your mind beat you. Don't quit."

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