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September 3, 2013 1:16 PM

'By the end, their legs are give out': Nearly 200 try out to be Columbus' newest firefighters

By noon Wednesday, Rachel Young will find out whether she's another step closer to being a Columbus firefighter. The 2011 Purdue University graduate is one of nearly 200 applicants who will run through a rigorous obstacle course this week, just to get a chance to interview with the Fire Department. Called the Candidate Physical Ability Test, the course consists of a grueling 10-minute-20-second challenge which discerns whether each candidate is physically and mentally prepared to fight fires.

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