Montgomery to Host 25th Annual Scott World Combat Challenge As Firefighter Competition
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
MONTGOMERY —Montgomery Fire/Rescue is set to defend its championship title when the Capital City welcomes the Scott Firefighter World Combat Challenge Oct. 24-29. Firefighters from around the world will compete against the two-time defending home-town champs as the Challenge celebrates its 25th anniversary here in Montgomery.
Fire Chief Miford Jordan praised the Firefighter Combat Challenge as a “spirited competition centered on the essential functions of firefighting.” Jordan said the competition promotes firefighter fitness and highlights the readiness and skills required of firefighters in meeting the demands of their jobs.
Chamber of Commerce executive Dawn Hathcock said, “We couldn’t be more proud to host the 25th Anniversary World Firefighter Combat Challenge in Montgomery. It’s our honor to once again extend our world-renowned southern hospitality to the best of the best in fire services from around the world.”
Montgomery Fire/Rescue, which fielded its first Combat Challenge team in 2010, claimed the 2014 World Championship in Phoenix, and then won again when Montgomery hosted the World Challenge in 2015. MF/R team members are hoping for a “three-peat” this year.
Jordan said teams from around the world have registered for this year’s World Challenge. Last year more than 700 firefighter-athletes and some 500 additional guests traveled to Montgomery from 13 countries, 29 states and seven Canadian provinces for the competition.
The chief said the competition is great fun, but it also benefits communities worldwide by strengthening fire services. “Firefighting is hard, physically demanding work in which every second counts. As firefighters, when we improve in fitness and health, we improve the quality of our services to the public,” Jordan said.
The competition is made up of five events: forcible entry, victim rescue, the hose hoist, the hose advance, and the high-rise pack carry. Clad in 50 pounds of firefighter gear, firefighters race against the clock and against each other in completing the course. The competition includes individual, relay and tandem events. Competition events will be held in the Embassy Suites parking lot at Commerce and Tallapoosa streets.
Highlighting the final day of the challenge will be the Top Chef competition, in which four teams of MF/R chefs will vie for culinary bragging rights at the Train Shed. Also on tap Saturday is a “Kids’ Challenge” featuring inflatable bouncers, along with fire truck rides and fire safety demonstrations. All events are free and open to the public.
O. J. Whiting, Fire Sergeant
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