The Missoula Firefighter Combat Challenge Team, with two World Championships and the current team World Record, is hosting a regional competition in Missoula September 7- 8th, 2013.
The Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge was founded over 20 years ago, by Dr. Paul Davis, as a physical fitness research project at the University of Maryland. The Challenge is based out of Burtonsville, Maryland, and maintains a goal of promoting fitness within the first responder community. A two day regional event like this typically draws 75 to 175 competitors.
The Missoula Fire Department (MFD) has been competing in the Firefighter Combat Challenge (MFFCC) since 1994. The MFD hosted regional competitions in 1997 and 1998. A combined MFD and Missoula Rural Fire District team won the world championship in 1997 and MFD won the team title again in 2001 with a team time of (4:19.33) which stands as the current World Record.
The event is family friendly. The Kid's Firefighter Challenge is the logical extension in showcasing the American Fire Service while at the same time, promoting physical fitness.
The MFFCC will take place in front of Sean Kelly’s A Public House September 7 & 8th, 2013. Pine Street between Ryman and Higgins will be closed to traffic for the weekend.
A media day will be held on Tuesday Sept. 3rd. at Missoula Fire Station 4, 3011 Latimer St. from 9a-11a. There will be interview opportunities as well as a chance to see and film members of the team in training. Current team members will be in attendance, and available for interviews, including world record holder Brad Roe and event organizer Justin Walsh.
Chad Kidd, with the Missoula Fire Department, said the skills crews practice for the competition are applicable to their jobs as firefighters.
"When you step off that fire truck, whether it be a medical call, structure fire, car accident - you're physically fit," said Kidd. "You're able to do the job to the highest level and standard, and this gives you that extra motivation and oomph to do the job correctly and safely."