Many of us know the hard work and dedication that goes into the job of a firefighter. They work hard to protect the lives of others, and must be extremely courageous. Their hard work comes from the physical stamina needed to perform on the job skills. In 1991, the first Firefighter Combat Challenge was created, partly due to the competitiveness of firefighters in previous job applicant testing. Scott Health and Safety became the title Sponsor for the event in 1999, and is now known as the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge.
What is the challenge?
The challenge really aims at showing the public the physical fitness and rigorous activity that goes into being a firefighter. Firefighters who participate in the challenge wear full bunk gear and the Scott 5.5 Air- Pak breaking apparatus. Competitors race head to head and perform a series of five tasks, which include climbing a 5- story tower, hoisting, chopping, & dragging hoses, and rescuing a life- sized, 175 lb. “victim”. Opponents are racing against each other, as well as the clock, to try and set new records for the event.
Scott Firefighter Combat World Challenge XXIV
Montgomery, Alabama was host to the 24th annual World Firefighter Combat Challenge. The challenge was held from October 19th to October 24th. The world event brought firefighters from around the globe including 9 countries, 600 competitors, 28 states, and 6 provinces. The world challenge began with teams climbing five flights of stairs, while dressed in full bunker gear and carrying a 42 lb. hose over their shoulder. Once they climb to the top of the tower, they hoist the hose over the railing of the tower and run back down, touching every stair on the way. Once teams reach the bottom, they use a 9 lb. shot mallet to push a sled, weighing 160 lbs., down a five foot steel beam. Once this task is complete, they run through a 140 foot, zigzag course and pick up a charged hose line to drag across 75 feet. The challenge ends with competitors having to drag a 175 lb. mannequin for about 100 feet. The event consists of both individual and team races. Each event consists of different categories including male only tandem teams, female only tandem teams, co-ed tandem teams, over 40 tandem teams, over 50 tandem teams, over 60 tandem teams, and individual.
Where to view the challenge?
The Firefighter Combat World Challenge has long been viewable on the television through several networks. ESPN will broadcast the competition, which they have titled, the toughest two minutes in sports. Families of those in the challenge, as well as locals of Montgomery, Alabama were all able to come out to view the event during one of the many days of competition.
How did this year’s event go?
The 24th annual Scott Firefighter Combat World Challenge went off without a hitch! Tough competition and beautiful weather made for a perfect couple of days. Each day brought individual and team categories. The final day of the event consisted of a relay race to pronounce the champions for the 2015 year. The Montgomery Fire & Rescue Blue Team set a world record in 2014 with a relay lasting 1:07.22. For the second year in a row, the team took charge to become the 2015 Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge World Relay Champions! They broke their previous record when they competed in the qualifying relay race, with a time of 1:05.60. When it came time for the final competition, they broke that record and finished in a time of 1:05.54! They are now back to back winners, and many on the team were able to beat their own personal goals. With the event being held in Montgomery, the town could not be more proud of the firefighters of their city.
This amazing competition brought firefighters from around the world to showcase the physical skill that goes into the work they do every day. With the dangers of the job, it is nice to see a competition that was created for firefighters to have fun. If you missed the opportunity to see this year’s event, you can access each day of the competition at http://live.xalive.co/sfcc.html. This page provides video for each day event. You can really get an appreciation for what these men and women do on a daily basis. Not only are they competing in a physical event, but they are doing it while wearing several pounds of protective gear. Maybe the Montgomery Fire & Rescue will be able to pull off another win at next year’s event!