This year, the FireFit Combat Challenge takes place Saturday, June 9 and 10 in Leduc, Alberta.
Fox Creek Fire Department (FCFD) will compete among 158 participants across Alberta. The first individual tests start Saturday at 11 am and Sunday at 11 am is the Team Relay and Two Man event.
Last year the same group of guys placed fourth overall in the FireFit Challenge Relay Competition, held in Edson.
All year, the men have worked very hard and trained; at the fitness center, around the school track, out at the CCS Plant stairs and in the comfort of their basements. Three nights a week, the men have committed to training for what is best known as the “toughest two minute challenge.”
33 year old Chris, two year firefighter said, “It’s all about strength and we need to be prepared.”
“I am ready,” said eight year firefighter veteran Tyler, nicknamed TP.
“It’s been awesome . We can’t thank Jim Zenert from CCS enough for helping us to train,” said 7.5 year firefighter, 36 year old Shawn, the leader of the pack.
“Hopefully we bring home some hardware,” said 34 year old, Andrew, on the volunteer department for six years.
41 year old Brian, nicknamed Captain, may be the oldest on the crew, but the guys all agreed ‘he is the fastest.’ He said “I am ready for the challenge.”
Brian and Chris are teamed up for the two men competition, calling themselves ‘The Captain Crunch’ and Shawn and Tyler another duo. Andrew will ‘be on standby or the water boy,’ the guys said jokingly.
The 42 feet high CCS stairs have been the best training to prepare them for the 50 stairs to climb at the Combat Challenge, explained Brian.
“It is the closest to reality for us to train. In the future we plan to invest in our own and will try to get fire grounds set up and for own training. Our ultimate goal is to host a Firefit Challenge here,” said Brian.
“I would just like to wish the Fox Creek Fire Department Fire Fit Team good luck at this weekend’s competition. Have fun guys I know you’ll do great,” said Fire Chief Les Paul.
The crew cleaned local parking lots with the fire truck hoses to help raise funds for their weekend event and collected donations from local businesses.
Firefighter Combat Challenge is the only federally-funded, university-based occupational health physiological research study that has become an internationally touring and televised sporting event.
It’s a demanding 5-event physical challenge that firefighters throughout the world participate in and try to complete with the fastest time.
The primary purpose for the Firefighter Combat Challenge is to promote physical fitness, an essential part of structural firefighting.
The relay event involves each firefighter participating in the same course as the two minute FireFit Challenge the day prior, broken down into five parts. (Source: www.firefit.com).
Team times of 9 minutes or less qualifies a team to compete on one of the ‘Wild Card Days’ during The Finals. The top 14 Teams from the two ‘Wild Card Days’ will move on to Final Day.
The Top 60 Ranked Relay Teams from ALL Regionals held in 2012 will earn a spot on Final Relay Day (Sunday) at the FireFit Finals. FireFit Championship Finals are to be held in Baie Comeau, Quebec in August.
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