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Teams of firefighters from around Florida and other states will compete in Apopka May 12-13 for the Scott Safety Firefighter Combat Challenge – a two day athletic and skills competition in the parking lot of Sam’s Club, 1500 S. Orange Blossom Trail.
The challenge is held throughout the year in 15 different cities around the nation. Winners qualify for the World Challenge to be held Oct 23-28 in Louisville, Kentucky. The huge competitions attract competitors come from as far away as New Zealand, Germany, Argentina, Chile, and South Africa.
The competition consist of wearing 80 pounds of fire gear while climbing 4 stories with a 45-pound hose pack, hoisting 45 pounds of hose up a tower with a rope, slugging away with a sledge hammer to move a 60-pound block 6 feet, dragging a fire hose full of water for 100 feet and then finishing by dragging a 180-pound mannequin 100 feet. The best time wins.
The Apopka event will include the competition area, exhibits, displays and presentations set up across a large section of the Sam’s Club parking lot. Food vendors also will be available.
Children can share in the experience at the scaled-down and fun-filled Kids Combat Challenge. Local business can test their team-building meddle with the Corporate Combat Challenge.
Firefighters can register online HERE.