Peterborough ON – (October 29, 2018) – The Fleming Fire Combat Team took the Canadian National FireFit Championships by storm, bringing home a National bronze medal in the co-ed relay and a silver medal in the co-ed X3 division at the 2018 FireFit National Championships in Calgary, Alberta. The team has gained momentum since its inception in 2014, and over the last three years brought home National medals, competing against the fastest and fittest firefighters across Canada.
Seven national qualifying students and two coaches travelled to Calgary, Alberta to compete against the best at the Canadian National FireFit Championships, televised by TSN. This year, the team upped their game by not only competing against other schools, but competed in the Open category as a way to be considered equals in the sport.
The 2018 Fleming Fire Combat Team was comprised of two volunteer coaches, full-time firefighter Shawna Coulter and 2015 team Alumni, Trevor Russell and the team included Kendal Freshwater, Gaelen Palleske, Drew Goble, Kaylea Brunatti, Eric Fregonas, Mak Hope and Logan Cornelius. Team member Janell Stonehouse was unable to attend this year’s competition.
“I am very proud of the team’s outstanding effort and dedication, it is a huge commitment for these young people and often a juggling act between academic, work and training schedules,” said Shawna Coulter, volunteer head coach. “The team took on the challenge with enthusiasm. Their drive and genuine love for the sport is demonstrated at every practice and at every competition.”
Following the team’s success in the 2016 and 2017 seasons, achieving back-to-back medals in the category of Top Canadian School, team members Eric Fregonas and Kaylea Brunatti, along with coaches Shawna Coulter, Trevor Russell and Danny Grant moved on to compete at the World Firefighter Combat Challenge in Sacramento, California, October 21 to 27, 2018. Teams competed from across North America, Europe, Middle East, New Zealand and South America.
“The competition extends beyond extreme physical fitness, the FireFit sport community embodies team work and incredible sportsmanship,” continued Coulter. “To not only see the increase in physical fitness levels, but to also see how these students change their views of what they are capable of achieving and overcoming ranks higher than any medal we have ever received.”
The Canadian National FireFit Championship is a competition based on firefighting tasks commonly performed in emergencies. A course is comprised of six grueling physical tasks that test the strength, endurance and overall fitness levels of firefighters. Competition categories are available for men and women. All competitors are required to complete the course requirements wearing 50 pounds of firefighting gear. The intense individual division requires each competitor to also complete the entire course while on self-contained breathing apparatus, simulating the demands of working in a structure fire.
During the challenge, each competitor must wear a full set of gear and complete six specific tasks while breathing through a mask self-contained breathing apparatus:
Task 1: Stair Climb with High Rise Pack.
Carry a high-rise hose pack, (weighing 42-pounds) to the sixth floor, equivalent to a five-storey building.
Task 2: Hose Hoist
From the top of the tower, pull a 5/8 inch rope to hoist a donut roll of fire hose weighing 45-pounds. With firefighting gloves on and the effect on grip, the weight is equivalent to 90-pounds.
Task 3: Forcible Entry
After descending the tower, competitors must use a 9-pound sledge hammer on a hydraulic beam using 500-pounds of force to move it one and a half feet.
Task 4: Run
Run 140 feet around the hydrants as fast as possible.
Task 5: Hose Advance
Shoulder a fully charged hoseline and drag it 75-feet, equivalent to over 350-pounds of drag force.
Task 6: Victim Rescue
A 175-pound mannequin must be picked up and dragged backwards, a distance of 100-feet.
Follow the team’s adventures on Instagram @flemingfirecombatteam and ‘Like’ them on Facebook at Fleming Fire Combat Team.
About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 5,900 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 71,000 alumni.
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