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- North Naples fire academy cadets Mario Castaneda, Alexis Kapayiannidis and Felix Lara, left to right, encourage fellow cadet, Frank Rodriguez as he completes sit-ups as part of a mandatory physical fitness examination.

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- North Naples fire academy cadets Mario Castaneda, Alexis Kapayiannidis and Felix Lara, left to right, encourage fellow cadet, Frank Rodriguez as he completes sit-ups as part of a mandatory physical fitness examination.

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- Fire academy cadets conduct an exercise where they approach a simulated liquid propane tank fire as a team to access a shutoff valve.  As a team, the cadets use their fire hoses to divert the heat as they approach the shutoff valve at the foot of the tank.
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- Fire academy cadet Michael Defurio takes instruction from North Naples firefighter Tulio Sandoval during a physical training session at the beginning of their class at the fire training facility at North Naples Fire Control and Rescue District's Station 45 on Oct. 27, 2011.
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- North Naples fire academy cadets Mario Castaneda, Alexis Kapayiannidis and Felix Lara, left to right, encourage fellow cadet, Frank Rodriguez as he completes sit-ups as part of a mandatory physical fitness examination.
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- Fire academy cadets and instructors watch their fellow cadets practice a timed exercise involving accessing a building from a second story window and retrieving a simulated victim in under four minutes. The exercise is one of several tasks involved in state certification.
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- North Naples fire academy cadets conduct a physical training session at the beginning of their class at the fire training facility at North Naples Fire Control and Rescue District's Station 45 on Oct. 1, 2011.
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- A hand-welded sign welcomes firefighters to a training facility at the North Naples Fire Control and Rescue District's Station 45.
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- Fire academy instructor and North Naples battalion chief John Reilly leads cadets in a simulated liquid propane fire exercise.
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- Fire academy cadet Frank Rodriguez listens to instruction from North Naples firefighter Tulio Sandoval during a physical training session at the beginning of their class at the fire training facility at North Naples Fire Control and Rescue District's Station 45 on Oct. 1, 2011.
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- Twenty one-year-old Millard Taylor, of Naples, finishes a timed exercise with instructor Fred Plocinski on Dec. 3.  The exercise involes accessing a building through a second floor window and retrieving a simulated victim is one of several the cadets will need to perform for their state firefighter test.
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- Fire academy cadets perform physical exercise drills on Oct. 27, 2011.
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- Fire academy cadets perform physical exercise drills on Oct. 27, 2011.
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- Fire academy cadets perform physical exercise drills on Oct. 27, 2011.
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- Scotch tape is used to label the fire academy cadets' helmets for instructors.
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- Fire academy instructor and North Naples battalion chief John Reilly oversees knot tying drills on Sept. 29, 2011.
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- Fire academy cadets run as part of a regular physical training on Oct. 1, 2011.
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- Fire academy cadets do pushups in unison as part of a regular physical training on Oct. 1, 2011.
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- Fire academy cadet Millard Taylor practices a timed exercise to put on protective gear Oct. 1.
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- Instructor Ken Duffy points out mistakes while leading fire academy cadets in a timed exercise to put on protective gear.
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- Fire academy cadets practice a timed exercise to put on protective gear.
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- Fire academy cadet Millard Taylor practices a timed exercise to enter a building through a second floor window and evacuated a simulated victim.
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- Fire academy cadet Millard Taylor gathers with his classmates before a graduation ceremony at the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts on Dec. 4, 2011.
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- Fire academy cadets gather before a graduation ceremony at the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts on Dec. 4, 2011.
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-  Family and friends say the Pledge of Allegience during the graduation ceremony for the second North Naples fire academy class of 2011.
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- North Naples Fire Training Center Coordinator Michael Jimenez sits on stage during graduation ceremonies at the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts.
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- Chairs sit reserved for fire academy cadets who lost their lives in the 9-11 attacks in New York during the graduation for the North Naples Fire Training Center at the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts on Dec. 4, 2011.
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- Alexis Kapayiannidis, 25, leans back to smile at family members seated behind her as she graduates from the North Naples fire academy during a ceremony at the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts on Dec. 4, 2011.

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