Peterborough ‚Äď (September 2, 2015) ‚Äď A group of Fleming College Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training students have teamed up to compete in the Scott FireFit Combat Challenge, which puts firefighting skills to the ultimate test.
The Scott FireFit Combat Challenge is described by Men‚Äôs Health magazine as ‚Äúthe toughest two minutes in sport‚ÄĚ as a result of the strength, aerobic and anaerobic capabilities needed to finish the challenge. Firefighters and Pre-Service Firefighter college students will compete against the fastest, strongest and most physically fit of Canadian and international fire departments, as they push past physical limits by demonstrating firefighting skills against the clock. The Fleming Fire Combat Team is comprised of 14 students and 5 coaches, including seven females.
The Scott FireFit Championships is a competition based on firefighting tasks commonly performed in emergency situations. A course comprised of six gruelling physical tasks test the strength, endurance and overall fitness levels of firefighters. Competition categories are available for men and women, offering both individual and team relay competitions.
FireFit Course Design
During the challenge, each competitor must wear a full set of gear, which weighs 40lbs (helmet, coat, pants with liners, boots, gloves and air tank), and complete 6 specific tasks:
Task 1: Stair Climb with High Rise Pack.
With flashlight in hand, carry a high-rise pack, four-foot bundle of four-inch hose (weighing 42 pounds) to the sixth floor, equivalent to a five-storey building.
Task 2: Hose Hoist
From the top of the tower, using a hand over hand motion, pull a 5/8 inch rope to hoist a donut roll of fire hose (45lbs).
Task 3: Forcible Entry
After descending the tower, competitors must use a 9lb sledge hammer on a hydraulic beam using 500lbs of force to move it 1 ¬Ĺ feet. ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
Task 4: Run
Run 140-feet around the hydrants as fast as they can.
Task 5: Hose Advance
Shoulder a 1 3/4 inch fully charged hoseline and drag it 75-feet. Once the nozzle crosses the 75-foot mark, the competitor opens the nozzle and hits the designated target with the stream of water.
Task 6: Victim Rescue
A 165lb mannequin, plus coveralls and boots, must be dragged backwards a distance of 100-feet.
With outstanding results in their first two regional qualifiers in Ingersoll and Wasaga Beach, the Fleming Fire Combat Team aims to set the bar even higher in the exhibition of exceptional team work and fitness in the last regional competition prior to the Canadian Nationals in Port Elgin, Ont., over Labour Day Weekend. The Team has already secured three Silver Medals and four Bronze Medals in their two qualifiers to date. Six team members have also secured coveted spots to compete in the Finals of the Canadian Nationals (televised by TSN) to take place in Kitchener, Ont., Sept. 15 to Sept. 19.
‚ÄúI am very proud of the team‚Äôs outstanding effort and dedication they have demonstrated in their training and during their first competitions. It is a huge commitment for these young people and often a juggling act between academic, work and training schedules, but they have taken on the challenge with enthusiasm and positivity,‚ÄĚ said Coach Shawna Coulter. ‚ÄúThe competition extends beyond extreme physical fitness; it embodies team work and incredible sportsmanship. This is the largest contingent of students ever to compete for Fleming College in the sport. We have our sights and goals firmly set on representing Fleming College and Peterborough proudly at the Canadian Nationals in September.‚ÄĚ
Shawna would like to thank the Team‚Äôs Platinum level sponsor Roger Currier of Mincom Kawartha Lakes Realty Inc. for their generous and continued support of the team‚Äôs pursuits at the Canadian National Championships. Additional thanks to the Peterborough Wellness Centre, Fleming College – School of Trades and Technology and Wild Water and Wheels Park for use of training locations in preparation for these gruelling fitness events.¬† As a self-financed team, they continue to organize fundraisers fundraisers and rely on the generous support of monetary and in-kind sponsors to make these goals a reality. Shawna would like to thank sponsors and the community for their continued support and words of encouragement.
For more information, please contact:
Leigh McEachran, Communications, 705-749-5530 ext. 1105 or email@example.com