Making the firefighting cut - KFBB.com News, Sports and Weather

Making the firefighting cut

Posted: Updated:

Following their dreams, or following family tradition, hundreds flood the Electric City this week to test not only their knowledge but also their strength , all to become a full time firefighter.

KFBB was on the scene to check out the events and find out  what kind of challenges they faced. 

Great Falls Fire Chief Steve Hester said yesterday they started with over 200 people who took the written exam. However by Tuesday the number dropped to its down to 192, who took the physical exam.  The applicants trained for months in preparation for this. Because they only have one shot at the golden ticket. 

Each person had only ten minutes and twenty seconds, to complete eight real-world obstacles.  All while packing an extra 50 plus pounds.   

"Raising ladders, carrying tools the force-able enter prop you hear in the back ground that's opening doors, forcing enter into a building with locked doors, so it has everything," said Hester.

"I would hope they've trained for at least 6 months leading up to this because if not they're going to have a real hard time passing. some people have trained for years," said Greg Megaard, Chairmen for the Montana Firefighting Testing Consortium.
  
Megaard  said the testing is open to anyone who wants to fight fires in the Treasure State.  

Samantha Shepherd is a firefighter in Illinois, and for her this is a chance of a life time. 

"I have a sister that lives out here  so we used to vacation when i was younger its just beautiful out here so coming back to the mountains has always felt like home,"said Shepherd.

But the number of job applicants compared to the number of jobs, is very unbalanced 

"The firefighter job you get the golden ring because it is so highly competitive across the country.  I mean anywhere between 300-500 people are here to via for like we just talked about 10 jobs,"said Megaard.

This time around shepherd missed the mark but that is not stopping her.

"That's alright i still talked to a couple of departments and still picked up some apps and we're gonna still keep pushing along, this isn't an easy job people say this isn't for everybody but if you want it and you have the right attitude you will excel," said Shepherd.
 

  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • River rescue near Black Eagle Dam

    River rescue near Black Eagle Dam

    Sunday, June 24 2018 11:47 PM EDT2018-06-25 03:47:36 GMT
    Monday, June 25 2018 12:40 AM EDT2018-06-25 04:40:32 GMT
    Corey MatthewsCorey Matthews
    Corey MatthewsCorey Matthews

    According to scanner traffic, around 9:00 Sunday evening a raft overturned in the Missouri River, causing several people to go into the water.  It is unclear at this time how the raft flipped, or how many people were in it. All passengers but one were able to get back into the raft safely; scanner traffic indicates the one who couldn't get back in was able to swim to an island. As of 9:45pm, multiple units had responded to the Black Eagle Dam area. All those involved refused me...

    According to scanner traffic, around 9:00 Sunday evening a raft overturned in the Missouri River, causing several people to go into the water.  It is unclear at this time how the raft flipped, or how many people were in it. All passengers but one were able to get back into the raft safely; scanner traffic indicates the one who couldn't get back in was able to swim to an island. As of 9:45pm, multiple units had responded to the Black Eagle Dam area. All those involved refused me...

  • Two injured in Montana after swerving to avoid a kangaroo or wallaby

    Two injured in Montana after swerving to avoid a kangaroo or wallaby

    Thursday, June 21 2018 7:02 PM EDT2018-06-21 23:02:48 GMT
    kangaroo (Wikimedia Commons)kangaroo (Wikimedia Commons)

    UPDATE: Sources now indicate that the animal may actually have been an escaped wallaby from a petting zoo on the Fort Belknap Reservation.

    UPDATE: Sources now indicate that the animal may actually have been an escaped wallaby from a petting zoo on the Fort Belknap Reservation.

  • Search organized in Missoula for missing woman

    Search organized in Missoula for missing woman

    Sunday, June 24 2018 6:17 PM EDT2018-06-24 22:17:36 GMT

    A community search has been organized in Missoula in for a woman who has been missing for a week. Jermain Austin Charlo (aka Jermain Morigeau 'Liz') was last seen in Missoula near Orange Street and S. 5th Street early last Sunday morning.

    A community search has been organized in Missoula in for a woman who has been missing for a week. Jermain Austin Charlo (aka Jermain Morigeau 'Liz') was last seen in Missoula near Orange Street and S. 5th Street early last Sunday morning.

  • Two people shot outside Sentinel High School, search for shooter continues

    Two people shot outside Sentinel High School, search for shooter continues

    Monday, June 25 2018 12:27 PM EDT2018-06-25 16:27:01 GMT

    Police have not located the person accused of shooting two males outside Missoula's Sentinel High School Sunday evening. 

    Police have not located the person accused of shooting two males outside Missoula's Sentinel High School Sunday evening. 

  • Bus contractor charged with child endangerment over meth

    Bus contractor charged with child endangerment over meth

    Saturday, June 23 2018 1:27 PM EDT2018-06-23 17:27:57 GMT

    The owner of a company that has the bus contract for a northwestern Montana school district faces charges for allegedly possessing and selling methamphetamine and smoking it on the school buses and in the bus barn.

    The owner of a company that has the bus contract for a northwestern Montana school district faces charges for allegedly possessing and selling methamphetamine and smoking it on the school buses and in the bus barn.

  • NewsMore>>

  • State Officials tour flood damage

    State Officials tour flood damage

    Friday, June 22 2018 3:07 PM EDT2018-06-22 19:07:59 GMT
    Friday, June 22 2018 3:07 PM EDT2018-06-22 19:07:59 GMT
    Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney speaks to Dorthy OpheimLt. Gov. Mike Cooney speaks to Dorthy Opheim
    Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney speaks to Dorthy OpheimLt. Gov. Mike Cooney speaks to Dorthy Opheim
    Lt. Governor Mike Cooney toured the flooded Sun River community today, June 22nd. Flooding began in the town earlier in the week, washing away roads, flooding homes, and trapping some people inside their town. Lt. Gov. Cooney spoke to several families, including the Opheim's. Right now, it's difficult to say how much money it will cost to repair roads and homes, but officials are working to find an answer.
    Lt. Governor Mike Cooney toured the flooded Sun River community today, June 22nd. Flooding began in the town earlier in the week, washing away roads, flooding homes, and trapping some people inside their town. Lt. Gov. Cooney spoke to several families, including the Opheim's. Right now, it's difficult to say how much money it will cost to repair roads and homes, but officials are working to find an answer.
  • Roads closed as flooding hits Augusta

    Roads closed as flooding hits Augusta

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 10:43 AM EDT2018-06-19 14:43:07 GMT
    Wednesday, June 20 2018 10:24 PM EDT2018-06-21 02:24:09 GMT

    AUGUSTA - Flooding is being reported on Main Street in Augusta and along US Highway 287 at mile marker 38. 

    AUGUSTA - Flooding is being reported on Main Street in Augusta and along US Highway 287 at mile marker 38. 

  • Death ruled accidental in Milk River drowning

    Death ruled accidental in Milk River drowning

    Monday, June 18 2018 6:17 PM EDT2018-06-18 22:17:31 GMT
    Wednesday, June 20 2018 5:53 PM EDT2018-06-20 21:53:29 GMT

    The body of a missing Chinook man has been found. According to Blaine County Sheriff Glen Huestis, the body of Noah Hofeldt was found Sunday evening around 5:30pm by volunteers floating the Milk River searching for Hofeldt.  Sheriff Huestis says they believe Hofeldt went missing as early as Monday, June 11th.  It is still unclear what led to the death, but foul play is not suspected. Hofeldt's body is being sent to Billings Tuesday morning for an autopsy. Until then, Sheri...

    The body of a missing Chinook man has been found. According to Blaine County Sheriff Glen Huestis, the body of Noah Hofeldt was found Sunday evening around 5:30pm by volunteers floating the Milk River searching for Hofeldt.  Sheriff Huestis says they believe Hofeldt went missing as early as Monday, June 11th.  It is still unclear what led to the death, but foul play is not suspected. Hofeldt's body is being sent to Billings Tuesday morning for an autopsy. Until then, Sheri...

  • Update: Woman rescued, 13 people still stranded in Wilderness

    Woman rescued, 13 people still stranded in Wilderness

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 12:38 AM EDT2018-06-19 04:38:13 GMT
    Tuesday, June 19 2018 9:07 PM EDT2018-06-20 01:07:43 GMT

    A woman walking near Hauser Dam has been rescued after weather and slippery conditions caused her to get lost.  According to the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office, the woman is safe and uninjured. Her identity has not yet been released. As of 10:30 Monday evening, authorities were taking the woman back to her vehicle.  At the same time, a group of 13 people lost their way in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Lewis and Clark County Sheriffs say the group got stuck on the s...

    A woman walking near Hauser Dam has been rescued after weather and slippery conditions caused her to get lost.  According to the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office, the woman is safe and uninjured. Her identity has not yet been released. As of 10:30 Monday evening, authorities were taking the woman back to her vehicle.  At the same time, a group of 13 people lost their way in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Lewis and Clark County Sheriffs say the group got stuck on the s...

Powered by Frankly
Copyright - All content © 2001 - 2018. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.