More than 1,000 wait to apply to become Miami firefighters

A sign of the tough economic times was on display Monday morning at the Miami government administration building on Southwest Second Avenue. More than 1,000 people were standing in line to obtain job applications for just 35 positions as firefighters.

City officials expected no more than 400 people, said Kelly Penton, city spokeswoman. The city was only planning to accept 750 applications.

Among the requirements: applicants are required to be 18 years or older, have a high school diploma, and live in Miami-Dade County.

"Given the state of the economy, there will probably be an increase in applicants for other jobs in the city," Penton wrote in an e-mail to The Miami Herald. "However, there will not likely be the kind of response we have received for the Miami Fire Rescue Department."

Read more on this story in The Miami Herald.

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