FIREFIGHTERS QUALIFYING AT APPLE VALLEY RIVERWALK

I was arriving at the gym just before 7:00 am and, at first, I thought this might be an exercise for some VVC trainees because there were numerous young men in the group of firefighters at the entrance to the Riverwalk behind Best Buy in Apple Valley. They were out early for standard annual fitness testing and two groups from Station 336 and 337 were already finished with their testing as another group was arriving for their time slot.

“Since voters approved Measure A, we have hired fourteen new firefighters”, said Shane Simpson, ME 331. “We have to be physically fit all year round, but once a year we have to do this testing”.

Here are your tax dollars at work with some of those new hires out in the field staying prepared and qualified to protect the citizenry. Summer testing is over by 9:00 am, but the remaining fire stations will be back at it August 9th and 11th.

So, ladies, if you want a few snap shots of firefighters in shorts this is your chance!

BY SIMONE GRAHAM – HDG Editor

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