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9/2/06-Tyler

Tyler Hosts Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge

Firefighter's from 11 different states invaded Tyler this weekend for the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge. It's an obstacle course that requires both strength and endurance. For those competing, it's the toughest two minutes of their lives.  The stands were filled today with people eager to see who would come out on top.

"It's unbelievable what they can do," said Tyler resident Jane Hurst. "I cannot believe what a fireman has to go through."

More than 30 teams competed today, including those close to home.  "It's exciting to finally have it here you know to have the city back us up the way they did, the money they gave," said Tyler Fire Department firefighter Brent Hail."

This is the first year Tyler has hosted the combat challenge, and the visitors seem to like it.  "It's been great," said Tinker Airforce Space Fire Department Chief Terry Ford.  "People of Tyler are great. Great venue. "  

So, what does the challenge involve? First, the firefighter must carry a 45-lb. hose pack up a flight of stairs. At the top, they have to pull up another 45-lb. hose.   When they come back down, they have to move a 160-lb. beam.  To finish the race, firefighters carry a 175-lb. dummy, which is not always easy to do.

"Extremely difficult," said Colorado Springs Fire Department firefighter Juliet Draper.  "Take any sport you've ever done, multiple it by ten and put on 50 pounds of gear."

The Tyler Fire Department did well, with both of its teams finishing under 1:30, but there is more to the challenge than just competing.

"Win, lose or draw it's about the comradery and the sportsmanship of the challenge," said Ford.   The teams competed to qualify for the World Firefighters Combat Challenge that takes place in November in Las Vegas.

Molly Reuter, Reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

 

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