The Scott World Firefighter Combat Challenge
The Scott World Firefighter Combat Challenge will be held in Myrtle Beach this year, bringing in approximately 5000 people to Broadway at the Beach on Nov. 8-12th.
Both Myrtle Beach and Horry County Fire departments have spearheaded the effort to bring the Challenge to Myrtle Beach. Details are being finalized to make this year’s Challenge as exciting and memorable as possible in the hopes that the event will return here in 2011.
Much like the South Carolina state challenge, this event will bring in firefighters from all across the United States, along with numerous international countries such as New Zealand, Canada, Chile, Germany, Argentina and South Africa.
The rules for this event remain the same. A firefighter will carry a 45 pound hose pack up a four story tower, hoist a 45 pound hose roll up to the fourth floor, run down the tower, hit a Keiser machine that weighs 165 pounds — simulating forcible entry — run through 75 feet of obstacles to pick up a charged hand line, drag the charged hose back the 75 feet, and finish it off by dragging a 175 pound mannequin 100 feet to the finish line.
Some of the top teams in the world complete all this in 1:15 seconds, which is why the Firefighter Combat Challenge is deemed the “toughest two minutes in sports.”
The history of the Firefighter Combat Challenge stems from Dr. Paul Davis and his colleagues. They were originally approached to devise a test that would measure a firefighter’s fitness level as it relates to their job requirements. The test quickly turned into the Firefighter Combat Challenge due to the competitive nature of firefighters.
Over 200 teams are expected to compete this year. All teams must qualify at a regional event to make it to the world event.
Check the website at www.firefighter-challenge.com to find a challenge near you.
The previous five World Firefighter Combat Challenges have been held in Las Vegas. We have worked hard to bring the event to Myrtle Beach and hope the family atmosphere of Myrtle Beach will be a catalyst for this event to return. Please take the time over the next couple of months to check the website for information and we hope that everyone will come out and support the local teams participating.
We would like to extend a special thanks to our primary sponsors. The City of Myrtle Beach, Horry County, Burroughs and Chapin Co, www.myrtlebeachhotels.com, and www.blackhelmetapparel.com.
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