MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Montgomery Fire/Rescue firefighters broke their own world in the World Firefighter Combat Challenge Tuesday afternoon.
They set the new record by completing a qualifying relay in 1:05.60.
In 2014, Montgomery firefighters finished in 1:07.22, setting a world record and setting the stage to bring the World Championship to Montgomery this year.
Firefighters from around the globe are competing in the World Firefighter Combat Challenge in downtown Montgomery this week.
There are nine countries, 600 competitors, 28 states and six provinces represented, says Michael DeGrandpre, Director of Corporate Communications for the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge. All those competitors will have to beat the home team, a group of Montgomery firefighters who currently hold the world record!
Wearing full bunker gear, competitors climb five flights of stairs while carrying a 42 pound hose over one shoulder. From the top of that tower they then hoist another 42 pound hose up and over the railing on that tower, then run back down - touching every step on the way.
At the bottom, the competitors use a 9 pound shot mallet to push a sled down a roughly 5 foot steel beam. That sled weighs about 160 pounds. They then run through a 140 foot slalom course, pick up a charged hose line and drag it across 75 feet. It ends with dragging a 175 pound mannequin backwards for about 100 feet.
ESPN, which will broadcast the competition, calls it the toughest two minutes in sports.
You can also watch the live event here:
"It's really a fantastic opportunity for the city of Montgomery to showcase what we have, and we're so proud of our firefighters that not only won, but set the world record last year," Dawn Hathcock, with Montgomery CVB, says.
Admission to see it in person is free with a donation to the Montgomery Area Food Bank. The course is located in downtown Montgomery right in front of the Embassy Suites Hotel.