ABILENE, Texas -

Firefighter hopefuls took part in some physical fitness tests this morning.

The very first test challenged their courage and strength.

They were asked to climb a 70-foot ladder

Potential firefighters had to wear 50 pound training weights throughout the obstacle course.

Activities included turning on and off a fire hydrant and dragging a heavy fire hose.

Participants were allowed seven minutes and thirty seconds to complete the course.

Failure of any part of the test disqualified them from beginning the hiring process with the Abilene Fire Department.