Civil Service at Syracuse, N. Y.
In a recent civil service examination for admission into the Syracuse, N. Y., fire department. 10 were disqualified because they were over 30 years of age, five because they were not residents of the city two years, and one because he was too short, leaving 65 to take the mental examination. In determining the strength of man’s back, 525 pounds will be 1000 per cent, and entitle the man attaining that standing to five points. He must attain standing of 70 per cent. The minimum and maximum for both back and legs are 600 and 900 pounds; right forearm, 90 pounds; left forearm, 85 and 145; strength of arms, pull-ups and push-ups, five times and 11 times; fence vault, four feet six inches and five feet six inches. The candidate who can’t run a quarter of a mile in 89 seconds will be halted. If he can do it in 68 seconds, he’ll be rated 300 per cent. The maximum and minimum for rope climbing is 21 and 15 feet; strength of abdomen, 85 and 77 seconds; capacity of lungs, 310 and 250 cubic inches. Physical condition—whether good, fair or poor—will be taken into account, and when a man gets all through the tests he that stands perfect will have 50 points to his credit.