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In February of 2011, National Testing Network (NTN), Ergometrics' applicant testing and recruitment service division, was featured in the following Fox News story. NTN provides public safety departments with extremely cost effective, efficient and consistent applicant recruitment and testing programs. Through partnerships with technical schools and community colleges, NTN's future goal is to have applicant testing and recruitment centers Nationwide. NTN currently operates in; AZ, CO, FL, GA, KS, OR, OH, NE and WA. Departments interested in learning more about NTN's applicant testing services, please contact Greg Hyde at 425-741-0103 or
Potential firefighters train while departments save cash
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Updated: Tuesday, 08 Feb 2011, 8:28 AM EST
Published : Tuesday, 08 Feb 2011, 7:29 AM EST
ST. PETERSBURG - Bay Area fire departments are now saving tens of thousands of dollars each year thanks to a local technical center and a national testing network.
Kelly Blake is one of many folks training to become a firefighter at the Pinellas Technical Education Center. Blake's dream is to fight fires, but before she can achieve her dream, she has to complete a physical ability entrance exam.
She needs to finish a difficult obstacle course in 10 minutes and 20 seconds, one that took her 16 minutes to get through several months ago.
"A week later I did it and I knocked out about four minutes off my time," Blake said. "That was about a month or two ago. Now I'm about 10:30. I have about 15 to 20 seconds to knock back off and then I will pass it."
If she passes, she'll join a list of qualified firefighter candidates. "The City of Tampa just recently signed up to have everyone who wants to become a Tampa firefighter go through this program," explained Tampa Fire Rescue Captain Bill Wade. "Until now, Tampa Fire Rescue conducted its own physical agility test."
Each one of those physical agility tests cost Tampa taxpayers $50,000. Now, that money goes back into the city's budget, and 25 fire departments in the Bay Area are saving money by signing up for the program.
The program is also aimed at helping future firefighter candidates.
"For the candidate, it provides one test for multiple fire departments," said PTEC instructor and coordinator Greg Lanning. "They don't have to go from one fire department to [an]other."
That should make it easier for Blake and others to land a job.
"I've put so much into it," Blake said, "that once I get hired into a department, it's going to be the best thing ever."
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