FireFit competition heats up this weekend | DrumhellerMail
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FireFit competition heats up this weekend


    The 2011 Southern Alberta Regional Scott Firefit competition will be held at the foot of the World’s Largest Dinosaur this weekend.

    The Scott FireFit Championship is a competition based on firefighting tasks commonly performed in emergency situations. There are many different levels of competitors, from the seasoned 10 year veterans to the first time rookies.
    To compete in the FireFit Relay a team must consist of three to five individuals who will complete one or more of the six tasks. All competitors wear full turnout gear (helmet, coat and pants with liners, boots and gloves) and wear but do not breathe from an oxygen tank.
    Last minute registration will take place and end Friday night.
    All competitors will be onsite Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m., with a briefing starting at 10:30 a.m. and the first individual competitors through at 11:00 a.m. Saturday will wrap up at 5:00 p.m. with awards following at 6:00 p.m.
    The TopCop competition will start at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. The first FireFit Relay events will start at 11:30 a.m. and will end at 3:00 p.m. Relay awards will be handed out on the course.
    This is the first time Drumheller has played host to the competition, which has been aired on national television.
    Teams from Edmonton, Calgary, Grande Prairie, Irvine, Medicine Hat, St. Paul, Redwood and Strathcona County will be competing.
    Individual competitors from as fire departments as far away as Winnipeg and Vancouver are registered for the event.
    The FireFit TopCop event will also take place over the weekend. Like the FireFit competition, where the tasks are designed to imitate a firefighter’s regular tasks, the Top-Cop challenge = imitates the regular tasks of a police officer in the line of duty.
    These challenges are to be completed one after another.
    Competitors will have to climb stairs with a 25 pound police tactical pack. They must place it completely in the box on the top floor of the 40 foot tower. In task two, a 30 pound bag is used.
    Challenge number three is the monkey bars, where competitors must scale across without touching the ground.
    Task four will see the Top Cops vault over. Next up is the tunnel crawl, followed by the forceful entry competition where they simulate a forcible entry on a door.
    Challenge seven is target shooting, where competitors will take aim at five targets in a shooting gallery with a RAM50 training pistol.
    Following the target shooting is the suspect control with handcuffs challenge, where they’ll immobilize both hands of a mannequin.
    Following this is the partner rescue, consisting of dragging a 175 pound mannequin a distance of 22 metres backwards to the finish line. The course is complete when the timing beam is broken and the feet of the mannequin cross the line.

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