FIREFIT Regionals, Leading by Example

| June 21, 2016
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Fox Creek Fire Department, new FIREFIT competitors, Danielle Tetrault and Randi-lynn Ratuszniak at the Regional FIREFIT competition on June 17-19, hosted in Fox Creek for the 1st time!

Leading by Example

FIREFIT Regionals, presented by Scott Safety, were held in Fox Creek for the first time this past weekend, June 17-19th!

The community hall parking lot was set up with the tower, obstacle course and bleachers for the fans, tents for the participants, t-shirts for sale and a concession.

A huge group of volunteers were present to make the days run smoothly and the races on schedule.

Fire Chief Les Paul said “this was a big event and many hands helped get it ready, both guys and gals.”

“The support from the community, businesses, and competitors was unbelievable. The stands were full both days and the weather was great. A huge thanks out to my Fire Department, the organizing committee and the Chairperson Chris McKennitt.” – Les Paul.

Chris McKennitt explained that 12 volunteers were not associated with the FCFD and there were many others willing to step up to help. There were also 7 new competitors participating in FIREFIT, which is “huge” as it was traditionally the same five guys competing in the past.

“It was awesome!” said Chris McKennitt, “We wouldn’t be able to do this without our fire department members and our families. They were 100% committed. Our community support was unbelievable.”

For the first event, the FCFD FireFit Committee had 70 competitors from Fort McMurray, Edson, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Calgary and Fox Creek.  The FCFD anticipate the event will continue to grow larger, especially if hosted in Fox Creek again. There is potential to host it in the future.

The opening ceremonies was mc’d by John Cooke and piped by Lorne MacKinnon, RCMP Constable Rodney Koscielny was present in his serge, firefighter Rachel MacGregor sang O’Canada and Fire Chief Les Paul reciting the Fireman’s prayer and a moment of silence.

This was the 23rd season of FIREFIT competitions, which travel all across Canada and the third event of the year for Scott Safety Regional FIREFIT Championships.

Fox Creek’s event was a regional competition, where participants hoped to quality for Nationals in Spruce Meadows in the Fall.

There were the tops teams in the world and new competitors, for a mix of strengths and weaknesses.

Town of Fox Creek Mayor Jim Ahn welcomed everyone to the event during the opening ceremonies.

“Welcome to our out of town heroes and our local heroes. Good luck!” – Mayor Ahn

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Fox Creek’s own piper Lorne MacKinnon at the opening ceremonies for FIREFIT.

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Part of the opening ceremonies introductions. Brian Davidson, Tyler Plamondon, Shawn Watson

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Town of Fox Creek Mayor Jim Ahn during the opening ceremonies

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Fireman’s Prayer

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FCFD Fire Chief Les Paul and Sergeant Rodney Koscielny

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The day 1 crowd. Day 2 was even more people watching and cheering on the men and women.

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Setting a new personal record for herself in the women’s category winner, Keltie May Nicoll from Edson

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True sportsmanship when the woman from Edson and FCFD members came to encourage Danielle (red helmet) from the FCFD team on her first individual race to carry the 175 lb Rescue Randy to the finish line.

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70 competitors participated in the two day event.

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Edson competitor. Firefighters were from Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Calgary, Edson and Fox Creek.

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Supporting each other.

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Thumbs up to a great weekend, Lieutenant Tyler Plamondon

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Deputy Fire Chief Brian Davidson

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At the start of the relay race, Chris McKennitt and Danielle Tetrault

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Chair of the FIREFIT Committee, Chris McKennitt

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Fire Chief Les Paul, his son Evan in the background, cheering on their competitors before their relay race, a surprise for the crowd on Father’s Day.

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The Scott FireFit Championships is a competition based on firefighting tasks commonly performed in emergency situations. There are many different levels of Competitors, from the seasoned 10 year veteran to the first time rookies. The FireFit Event is very demanding. Training prior to competition is imperative.

A number of events to participate in depending upon your 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)

 

FireFit Team Relay

To compete in the FireFit Relay a team must consist of 3 to 5 individuals who will complete one or more of the seven tasks. All competitors wear full turnout gear (helmet, coat and pants with liners, boots and gloves) and wear but do not breathe from a Scott NxG SCBA.

The 7 Tasks are as follows:

1st Task: Stair Climb with High-Rise Pack. With flashlight in hand carry a high-rise pack, 4 foot bundle of 4 inch hose weighing 42 pounds, to the sixth floor. The high-rise pack must be deposited in the box at the top of the tower.  Proper placement is on or in the box, with no part of the high-rise pack touching the deck. The second competitor is already positioned at the top of the tower. Once the first competitor reaches the top of the tower, has one foot on the top platform and has deposited the high-rise pack in the box, he may then make the exchange.

2nd Task: Hose Hoist From the top of the tower, using a hand over hand motion, pull a 5/8 inch rope to hoist a donut roll of LDH hose (42 pounds). This Task is complete when the donut roll clears the rail and is placed in the designated box at the top of the tower. Proper placement is on or in the box, with no part of the donut roll touching the deck. The donut roll must not leave the top platform; otherwise it will result in disqualification. Competitors 5’6″ and under are allowed to stand on the high-rise pack, no penalty will be assessed. Upon completion of the hose hoist the competitor then retrieves and passes off the flashlight, or continues down the tower. When receiving the flashlight the next competitor, must have 1 foot on the top landing of the tower.

3rd Task: Descending the Tower

The Competitor who is descending the tower must touching every stair and use the handrails. Once the competitor has both feet on the ground he/she may pass off the flashlight to the next competitor who is on or moves to the force machine.  Please note the force machine cannot be used to enable the exchange.  Exchanges must be grasp to grasp and in clear view for the official.

4th Task: Forcible Entry Once on the Force Machine the competitor uses a Trusty Cook 9-pound shot mallet to move the beam. This Task is complete when the end of the beam crosses the line. Upon completion of this task, the competitor places the mallet on the designated 4′ x 4′ area, picks up the flashlight and hands it off to the next competitor.

5th Task: Run This competitor runs140 feet around the hydrants as fast as he/she can, then hands off or shoulders a 1 3/4 inch fully charged hoseline. Note: If passing off the flashlight to a waiting competitor the nozzle must not be touched until the flashlight has been exchanged grasp to grasp.

6th Task: Hose Advance The hose advance competitor shoulders a 1 3/4 inch fully charged hoseline and drag it 75 feet. Once the nozzle crosses the 75 foot mark, the competitor opens the nozzle, hits the designated target with the stream of water, shuts the nozzle and places it on the ground. If the nozzle is not shut before it is placed down, the competitor must go back and close it before passing the flashlight. Failure to do so results in a 5 second penalty. Once the hose advance is complete the competitor moves towards the final task and either completes the Victim Rescue or hands the flash light off to the final competitor, who is stationed between the target and victim.

Note: if the nozzle opens again after it hits the ground, there is no penalty and the competitor can continue.

Task 7: Victim Rescue The final competitor moves to the victim rescue task where a 165 pound Simulaids Rescue Randy mannequin, plus coveralls and boots, must be dragged backwards a distance of 100 feet. Carrying the dummy in your arms or over your shoulder is not permitted. The mannequin must not be grasped by its clothing or appendages. The Relay is complete when the competitor and mannequin cross the finish line breaking the beam and stopping the clock. The mannequins feet must be completely across the blue line. (Source: www.firefit.com)

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FIREFIT becomes more then competing, it is about friendship and family.

Northern Prairie Regional RESULTS

Individual Results Fox Creek 2016

Individual Category Results Fox Creek 2016

X3 Results Fox Creek 2016

Fox Creek Relay 2016

Special Categories Fox Creek 2016

Team Results Fox Creek 2016

 

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Winners from day one. L: Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Edson, and Edmonton competitors, with Fire Chief Les Paul.

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One of the three FCFD relay teams

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Grande Prairie & Fort McMurray team

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Fort McMurray with FCFD Fire Chief Les Paul

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Edson

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Edson

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Edmonton, Silver medal winners

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Grande Prairie, Bronze medals

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Fort McMurray

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Grande Prairie

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Edson

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A view from the finish line facing towards the towers.

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Congratulations to all of the participants and Way to Go! FCFD, Volunteers, Supporters and the Community for a very successful first FIREFIT event! All photos by Brandi Camilleri

 

“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.” –Wilma Rudolph

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