Fire chief: Get in shape or 'we'll help find them something else'

The Augusta Commission approved requiring yearly physicals for firefighters. (February 15, 2011 / WRDW-TV)
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News 12 at 11 o'clock / Tuesday, February 15, 2011

AUGUSTA, Ga.---It's official. Augusta firefighters must either shape up or lose their job. The Augusta commission approved new yearly physicals and agility tests. The tests will cost the city an estimated $160,000 a year.

The new rules apply to all certified firefighters. Augusta's fire chief says the city is only getting in line with national standards.

"They are going to have to work hard and get themselves in condition," said Chief Howard Willis. "If they don't then we'll help them find something else if possible."

The chief says he will also participate in the yearly tests. He is giving fire crews at least one year to get in shape.