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Firefighter Combat Challenge this weekend in Versailles

More than 150 firefighters to compete

VERSAILLES, Ky. (Aug. 20, 2015) — The Firefighter Combat Challenge will be held this weekend in Versailles in the city parking lot at the corner of 2nd and Liberty Streets. The event begins at 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

fire“It’s a fun, friendly competition where firefighters get the opportunity to showcase their talents,” said Kentucky Fire Commission executive director Ronnie Day.

The Kentucky Fire Commission is the local host of the event. The challenge simulates the physical demands of real-life firefighting as competitors race against themselves, their opponent and the clock, wearing “full bunker gear” and their Air-Pak breathing apparatus, to tackle a linked series of five tasks including climbing a five-story tower, hoisting, chopping, dragging hoses and rescuing a life-sized, 175 lb. “victim.”

More than 150 firefighters from across the country will be participating in the challenge to qualify for the World Challenge held in October in Montgomery, Ala.

There will also be the Kid’s Firefighter Challenge for children ages 4 to 11.