BEHIND THE SCENES: A look at GJFD's training

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) The Grand Junction Fire Department has to be ready at any moment to put out fires and rescue people. The department held it's annual physical exam on Wednesday, competing in five tasks that test their mental and physical strength.

"We prepare every day. Most of us work out every day to make sure we're prepared for the job. This test just makes sure we're where we need to be," said EMS officer Jamie Kavanaugh.

They make it look easy. Climbing stairs, hoisting a hose, pounding a sledge-hammer prop, dragging a hose and at the very end, completing a mental task to make sure they can think after physical exertion. Each task simulates something firefighters would do in a fire situation.

"All of our people are in good shape and they just demonstrated that today by passing this test," Kavanaugh said.

But they proved they're ready for anything, including the upcoming fall and winter seasons.

"Winter and fall are absolutely busier seasons for us people are turning on their heater again which can cause the risk of house fires," Kavanaugh said.

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