MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Montgomery Fire/Rescue firefighters have once again set a new world record in the World Firefighter Combat Challenge, two days after breaking the record that they set in 2014.
On Tuesday, the MFR posted a time of 1:05.60 during a qualifying relay, which broke their previous world record of 1:07.22 set in 2014.
According to Safe Montgomery, Montgomery firefighters broke the record again on Thursday with a time of 1:05.54, breaking their previous record by six one hundredths of a second.
Firefighters from around the globe are competing in the event with nine countries, 600 competitors, 28 states and six provinces represented, says Michael DeGrandpre, Director of Corporate Communications for the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge.
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 nine pound shot mallet to push a sled down a roughly five 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.