Fire Department hosts the Toughest 2 Minutes in Sport

| March 9, 2016

The banner hanging proudly in the FCFD tent.

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The FireFit tower

Tough. Fast. Exhilarating

Wearing full firefighter gear, the Scott FireFit two minute challenge consists of five challenging stages:

  1. Stair Climb with High Rise Pack– This challenge consists of a 42 lb. hose which must be carried up six flights of stairs. This activity replicates a five story building where water is needed at the top.
  2. Hose Hoist – Competitor raise a donut rolled, 42 lb. hose up the 5 story Tower using a hand-over-hand motion, the competitor must pull up a 42 lb hose roll and place it into the box on the top of the 5-story Tower.
  3. Forcible Entry– Competitor hitting 160 lb. beam with 9 lb. sledgehammer.
  4. Hose Advance– Competitor releasing the nozzle to spray target once through the swinging doors. This simulates a firefighter running from a fire engine towards a close fire. The competitor sprints 140 ft and picks up a 1.75 in. diameter charged (pressurized with water) hose, sprints five more feet with the hose, then drags it an additional 75 feet.
  5. Victim Rescue– Competitor drags a 175 lb mannequin from behind, down the 100 ft runway. The competitor may not pick up the mannequin up off the ground and must drag it backwards at all points of time.

 

A First for the History Books

Quickly becoming a recreational sporting event for world class athletes across North America – The Scott FireFit challenge is coming to the Town of Fox Creek from June 17 -19th.

The Fox Creek Fire Department (FCFD) is extremely excited to be bringing the Scott Safety Firefit Championships to town, which can attract hundreds of spectators and include 2-300 competitors.

FCFD, Chief Les Paul said the event is “very upbeat, fast paced and very impressive to watch!”

 

The Scott FireFit Championships is a competition based on fire fighting tasks commonly performed in emergency situations. There are many different levels of competitors, from the seasoned 10 year veteran to the first time rookie.

There are a number of events to participate in, depending upon level of fitness and commitment:

  1. FireFit Relay (3 – 5 person relay)
  2. FireFit X3 (2 person technical relay)
  3. FireFit Individual / Team (Team made of of 3 – 5 team members)

 

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Chris McKennitt spoke to Mayor and Council at the Feb. 23 town council meeting about Fox Creek hosting the 2016 Scott Safety FireFit Championships.

 

Mayor & Council go for the Gold

FCFD Firefighter Chris McKennitt was joined by fellow firefighters Brian Davidson, Andrew Tomlinson, Derek Wiltse, Brett Lamb and Fire Chief Les Paul at the Feb. 23 town council meeting.

McKennitt showed a brief video, explaining the FireFit competition and Brett Lamb presented a sponsorship letter.

Subsequent to the meeting, FCFD secured the date of June 17- 19th for Fox Creek to host the Scott FireFit event for the first time.

Councillor Chris Conlin motioned for the Town of Fox Creek to be a gold sponsor of the event for $4500, funded from general reserves. All were in favor.

“We need to rely on local businesses and industry to make this event a success while providing a focus on fire safety and Esprit de Corps amongst the fire services in the region. Your generous donations and sponsorship is greatly appreciated,” said firefighter Brett Lamb.

The costs to host the event ranges from $15 – 20,000 and is mainly paid by advertising and donations. Advertising banners range from $2,500 – $10, 000.

There are various forms of advertising available:

  • Gold Sponsorship: $4, 500- 8 x 3 Banner on tower, Company website posted on Scott Fire Fit Site
  • Silver Sponsorship: $3, 000- 8 x 3 Banner at the end of the course, Company website posted on Scott Fire Fit Site
  • Bronze Sponsorship: $1, 500- 8 x 3 Banner on bleachers, Company website posted on Scott Fire Fit Site

 

Bronze sponsors to date, are Rival Trucking, 3Boys and Fox Creek’s Fitness Centre.

Chris McKennitt

Chris McKennitt

The FCFD has formed volunteer committees and are working together organizing the event; including a crew to be on call that weekend, medics, security, concession and much more. They are working closely with other non-profit community groups.

On behalf of the FCFD, McKennitt also asked Mayor and Council for permission to close the road to the community hall and arena, allow camping in the area and ask Mayor Jim Ahn to speak at the opening ceremony. All were approved and agreed upon.

“I think it’s fantastic! I’ve been looking forward to an event like this for the fire department. We have nothing but positive feedback for our fire department,” said Mayor Ahn.

Councillor Conlin asked if FireFit would be an annual event in Fox Creek. Edson hosts the event every other year.

“We are not sure, but hopefully every other year. We have a strong enough core and if we can get strong enough backing, maybe,” said McKennitt.

He explained the FCFD put in a request to host the event for 2017, as the new fire hall is planned to be built and it is the local department’s 50th year.

Lamb said he is tired of people only thinking Fox Creek is a highway strip, as there is so much more to the community then what is seen from highway.

One of the newer members, he participated in the FireFit challenge last year for the first time.

He said, “I have done a lot of hard things in my life, this is really tough! It also brings a lot of people to town that normally would drive by – I am sick of people thinking we are just a downtown strip. It will bring money into the town and is a real fun, family show.”

This year, the FireFit team is yet to be determined, but a number of the members are training and a decision will be announced soon.

The FCFD has participated in FireFit for the past five years. The first team began their training at the towers at CCS (now Tervita) and in 2013, their own training towers were set up at the fire hall’s yard.

Clockwise: FireFit FCFD: Tyler Plamondon, Andrew Tomlinson, Brian Davidson, Chris McKennitt and Shawn Watson.

The first FireFit team from the FCFD during training at the CCS Towers, back in 2011: Tyler Plamondon, Andrew Tomlinson, Brian Davidson, Chris McKennitt and Shawn Watson

Firefighters who have conquered the toughest two minutes in sports are: Shawn Watson, Chris McKennitt, Tyler Plamondon, Andrew Hillier, Andrew Tomlinson, Kris Guyton, Ian Morin, Ryan Guse, Brian Davidson and Brett Lamb.

In the past, the FCFD team won the fastest volunteer team in Canada, has qualified for nationals every year (but were unable to go due to lack of budget and work commitments) and Brian Davidson won 2nd in the over 40 age category.

Training is imperative.

“We push and motivation the next individual and are proud to come home with medals. You can do it if you train hard – the harder you train, the better you will do,” said McKennitt.

He also explained the event promotes health and fitness, motivates the members to be physically strong and ensures the community; the firefighters are trained and are physically able to respond to fire and rescue situations.

“We are like a chain – only as strong as our weakest link,” said McKennitt.

 

Any questions regarding sponsorship, you can contact: Brett Lamb 780-622-8455 or Chris McKennitt @ 780-622-8014.

 

The whole team’s individual times have bettered from last fall’s competition, some of us by a full minute.

file photo, Shawn Watson

Local level: The FCFD was established in 1967. Their service deals with fire fighting, fire prevention, training, highway accidents, youth fire programs, community events and some rescue operations. The FCFD plays a vital role in the everyday safety of industry as well as the citizens in the area.

Did you know? 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.

FireFit History: August 1994 saw the first Canadian National FireFit Competition held at the Pacific National Exhibition (P.N.E.) in Vancouver. During the 15 days of the P.N.E. approximately 50,000 spectators enjoyed the event.

With the success of the P.N.E. Event, 7 FireFit events were scheduled and held from coast to coast in 1995 with over 715 competitors from more than 105 Fire Departments participating. 

Brampton was crowned Canadian Champions again in 1995 at the CNE in Toronto, holding onto the Title they had won at the P.N.E. the previous year.  1996 saw 7 successful competitions once again, with records broken in every category and Brampton taking the Team Title, for a third time, at the C.N.E. hosted by Toronto.

In 1997 there were more events, more competitors and a new Champion Team from the Toronto Fire Dept. at the London Western Fair.
The popularity of the FireFit Competition has grown and grown over the past 20 years and visits every Province in Canada.  With the popularity of our 1 hour Championship Finals show, aired on TSN, OLN & RDS, FireFit has become known not only in Canada but World Wide.  

Competitors come from every Province and Territory in Canada as well as the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, England and the Middle East. (Source: www.firefit.com)

 

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