Day 1 of the firefighter combat challenge is over

Updated: Jun. 29, 2018 at 10:31 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Firefighters from around the nation have gathered in Montgomery for the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge. It's Montgomery's eighth time hosting the competition.

For some, it's their first time competing.

"This is our first year," said Steven Millhouse, a firefighter from Mobile.

For others, like the team from Montgomery, it's nothing new.

"They train hard year round, put in a lot of work and it really shows out here. They've won three out of the past four world championships and that's all a testament to all the work that they put in," said Jason Cupps, a lieutenant for Montgomery Fire/Rescue.

The challenge is dubbed as the toughest two minutes in sports. It's a five-part course designed to test firefighters' skills in life-like situations. Some of the five parts include climbing up a five story tower and "rescuing" a 175-pound dummy.

Some say to win the challenge, it's all about strategy.

"Team cohesion. Just trusting every other man to do his job and do it well," Millhouse said.

Others believe it starts in the kitchen and gym.

"From their meal plan to pushing themselves to the limit and trying to get faster, trying to get stronger, and it also helps them with their firefighting duties here. The more fit they are, the more capable they are of doing their job," Cupps said.

Competition starts back up Saturday morning at 10 a.m.

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