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shoes: Salomon X-Scream blue/grey
Firefighter physical aptitude testing day! Various tests aimed at assessing your ability to follow instruction mostly and also upper body strength, heights and confined spaces. Plus had to redo the online aptitude tests to make sure we were who we said we were given these were originally done at home. Think I buggered up just as many questions as online, including a maths one where I ran out of time.
Holding the spreaders and cutters at various locations on the car was challenging after yesterday's paddle wore my arms out but I took the assessor's advice and thought about how to hold them rather than relying on brute strength and got through okay.
Tunnel crawl was actually really quite fun but then it's easier when you know you're not going to die inside. Couldn't see a thing doing it. Thankfully my orienteering skills came in handy because they give you a compass direction when you start and after several turns, make you tell them which direction you're now facing. I stopped 10cm short of the end to try and figure out what came next after turning left from east only to have him tell me time was halfway up and I was 99% through.
Almost came a cropper on the final test, mechanical reasoning, when you couple and uncouple several items from the rear of the fire truck and I got five of six just fine but couldn't for the life of me figure out the last one. I knew where it went but took ages to figure out I first had to undo something, then had to rush to get everything back on the table (made a mess of the hoses) and got it done with just three seconds to spare. You do get one strike all day at any given task (other than the tunnel crawl, which is an automatic fail if you don't do it) but any second strike is a fail and it looked better having no strikes against my name.
The other three guys in my group didn't have any either (up to the last assessment, since I was first I left rather than hanging around). There were actual girls there today too, unlike in the previous physical I did with the beep test.