A total of 79 applicants are vying for 15 positions in the Cayman Islands Fire Service, as the department aims to fill some long-standing vacancies.

In 2013, chronic short-staffing led to a one-year overtime bill of nearly $1 million for the Fire Service.

Last week, the Caymanian potential recruits took a 20-question test at the George Town Public Library which tested their knowledge of basic grammar, reading comprehension and mathematical reasoning.

Chief Fire Officer David Hails said, “The turnout was outstanding, and I am delighted to see so many applicants show interest in a future career with the Fire Service. We are determined to find passionate and hardworking individuals who are willing to do whatever it takes to serve and protect this community.”

Applicants who score 80 percent or higher on the written exam will take the physical ability test for candidates this month.

Chief Hails said this test will assess the recruits’ physical fitness, as well as their swimming skills, ability to be confined in small spaces and fear of heights.

Applicants in Cayman Brac will take their entry exams this month.

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