MISSOULA, Mont. -

The world record-holding Missoula Fire Department hosted its second Firefighter Combat Challenge competition in Missoula Friday.

The regional event features competitors from more than a dozen departments from the U.S. and Canada. It's a precursor to the World Firefighter Championships, which the boys from Missoula have owned since 2001.

Competitors tell us the event is a source of pride, but it also serves a more important purpose.

"It's good to get some competition back into our lives,” said Jaydon Roberts, a competitor for Canada’s Lethbridge Fire Department. “But the main reason for it is a fit firefighter is a safe firefighter. If I'm fitter, I have a better chance of getting my brother out of a fire if I need to. That's what's important."

The Missoula Firefighter Combat Challenge continues on Saturday in Missoula from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.