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By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

July 19, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Their usually one of the first to a scene. "Knowing that I can go in and save somebody's life or even if we just save a picture frame is enough," said trainee Anya Goldinger.

And they will be the first to face the flames. "It's like being in movie. When you have those flames rolling of the ceiling kissing you on your helmet a little bit; it is just an amazing experience," said trainee Gordon Sumner.

But before they can officially wear the helmet and carry the hose, they will have to pass at the Marine Base Logistics Corps. "This test is one of the hardest, but once you get through it you are surely rewarded," said Assistant Worth County Fire Chief, Jason Brooks.

The MPQ is made up of 18 segments, and the trainees are only given two chances to pass each one. "They test us on ventilation, venting a roof. They tested us on interior search and rescue, going in and finding a victim. And putting out the fire," said Goldinger.

"It's mostly mind over matter. You have to really get into it ,and set your mind straight to get through it," said Brooks. This group spent months preparing to get to this point. "We've given up every Saturday for the last six months. So the people that are here really want to be here," said Sumner.

But despite the challenges, these men and women say it's all worth it. "It will just make you realize that you can push yourself and do things you never thought you could," said Sumner.

"If I had to do it all over again, I would," said Goldinger. Because they know what they are facing today will prepare them to save you tomorrow. Saturday night the group also had to pass a 150-question written test to become a certified firefighter in Georgia.

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