MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Montgomery Fire/Rescue Department will host the 2017 Scott Regional Firefighter Combat Challenge this weekend as a way to promote and highlight firefighter fitness.
The event, which is in its 26th year, will feature firefighter teams participating in challenges that will showcase their skills and the demands of the job. The challenge will be held at the corner of Tallapoosa and Commerce streets in downtown Montgomery.
Competitors will take on five events that highlight the readiness and skills required of firefighters in meeting the demands of their jobs. Wearing full bunker gear, they climb five flights of stairs carrying a 42-pound hose over one shoulder. From the top of that tower, they 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, they use a 9-pound shot mallet to push a sled down a roughly 5-foot steel beam. That sled weighs about 160 pounds. Then they run through a 140-foot slalom course, without knocking over any of the delineators, pick up a charged hose line, and drag it 75 feet. It ends with dragging a 175-pound mannequin backward for about 100 feet.
The two-day competition will feature more than 70 teams from across the Southeast. Of those teams, roughly 100 Montgomery firefighters will be competing in the event. Montgomery's relay team held the World Record and Championship for two years. They lost that title last year, and are fighting to get it back.
"I told the Mayor yesterday morning, he asked me about it, I said 'Mayor, we're looking for 63 seconds'," said Assistant Fire Chief Jonathan Stewart. "That's all we need to get that title back."
The event will start on Friday at 5 p.m. with an opening ceremony and individual competitions. It continues Saturday, alongside the Top Chef cooking competition. The Montgomery Fire/Rescue teams in the event will compete for cash prizes starting at 9 a.m., with registration starting at 8 a.m.