2012 Charleston area Firefighter Combat Challenge
|The Charleston area is gearing up to host its second annual event, this time at the North Charleston Fire Museum and Tanger Outlet Center on May 18-19, 2012. Up to 200 firefighters will register to compete and another 300 family members are expected to attend. This increase is largely due to change in location, time of year, affordability of hotels/restaurants and additional promotional efforts.
Because the “Two-Minute” challenges are intriguing and free of charge for spectators, another 6,000 people are expected to come out on Friday evening and Saturday. The North Charleston Fire Museum will also be free to the public and will host the Fifth Annual Bike Rodeo and Safety Fair.
With the location of the event near Tanger shops, fire museum and annual rodeo, there are many opportunities for out-of-town firefighters to attend with family members, in addition to local residents.
The Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge brings together hundreds of firefighters from around the country to compete in what is known as the “toughest two minutes in sports.” The five-event obstacle course tests firefighters’ fitness levels and agility, while celebrating the excellence of these heroes.
The first “challenge” was created 20 years ago and the 2012 national tour is planning for over 20 regional stops. The event seeks to encourage and reward firefighter fitness while it demonstrates the profession’s rigors to the public. Wearing “full bunker gear” and an air pack breathing apparatus, the pair simulates the physical demands of real-life firefighting by performing a series of tasks including climbing a five story tower.
Last year, the Charleston (SC) area was selected to be a host destination and the event was held at the Citadel Mall. Over 150 firefighters from 18 different states competed in individual, team and relay divisions. The area showcased vendors and nonprofit organizations. The Kids Challenge was an inspiration for young aspiring firefighters on hand.
The Charleston Metro Sports Council, the regions sports development organization, spearheaded the local organizing committee to stage the inaugural event. It is a true win-win for the community. The event brings hundreds of families to the region for athletic competition, celebration and vacation opportunities. In addition, our local communities take part as spectators and participants.
Last year the City of Charleston Fire Department and North Charleston Fire Department were instrumental in making sure the event would be a success by assisting with volunteers, logistics and promotion.
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