Thomasville Welcomes New Crop of Firefighter Recruits

It's a selfless job, putting their lives on the line to save a stranger in need.

Firefighters are heroes, and now a group of recruits are ready to test their skills in hopes of earning a spot with the Thomasville Fire Department.

CAPT Tim Connell says, "They're having to climb the 100 foot tower, which is a requirement in the state of Georgia. There's no specific time, they just have to do it and when they get through that they have to do a physical agility test where they do running, climbing, pulling and dragging."

The fire chief says that about 15 recruits are vying for only four spots, meaning that hopefuls are being evaluated very closely.

Chief Brian Croft says, "This is very, very important right here. This is how we serve the people. If we're not ready, if we're not physically fit, we're not doing our job."

So what inspires these recruits to become firefighters?

Matthew Genter, a recruit, says, "It's just something I've always wanted to do. It's a life goal I'm trying to pursue and just give back to my community. I think that's the best way to do it."

It’s a job that requires an enormous amount of physical and mental power to save lives.

The fire chief says that although only four recruits will be hired, the rest will be placed on a waiting list and will be called on as the need for new firefighters arises.