Firefighter Combat Challenge returns to Montgomery

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Montgomery will be home to the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge this weekend, June 29 and 30, for the eighth year in a row.

The Combat Challenge is a national event that gathers regional fire teams from over 20 locations across the country to compete on a course designed to test them in life-like situations.

The course, set up in downtown Montgomery between the Montgomery Performing Arts Center and Union Station, will feature five parts that must be completed while wearing full gear.

The five parts include: climbing a five-story tower, hoisting weights, chopping, dragging hoses and rescuing a life-size, 175 pound dummy.

According to its website, the Combat Challenge gives firefighters a chance to demonstrate their prowess to the public and encourages cooperation between the departments in the area.

"We have a lot of fun, a lot of camaraderie with other firefighters," said District Fire Chief Jonathan Stewart. "The competition really heats up."

Firefighters can also compete in the 7th Annual Firefighter Top Chef Cook-Off throughout the event.

Opening ceremonies begin Friday at 5 p.m. and the competition will continue Saturday at 10 a.m.

For more information keep an eye on the Montgomery Fire and Rescue Facebook page.

The event is open to the public and free fire truck rides will be available.

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