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ANDERSON CO., October 10, 2013— The Palestine Fire Department Combat Team has earned the right to compete in the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge, known as “the toughest two minutes in sports”, and seen on ESPN and Versus, October 21-23.
The Palestine Fire Department Combat Challenge Team was formed in 2008. The team qualified in 2008, and 2009, to compete in the World Challenge, held in Las Vegas, Nevada, and qualified again in 2012, for the World Challenge, which was held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
The team has once again competed in Tyler and qualified in the top 16, earning the right to compete in the World Challenge, which returns to Las Vegas, Nevada. The team qualified with a time of under 2 minutes.
The teams will compete in 5 events. Wearing full bunker gear, and the Scott Air-Pak breathing apparatus, teams race head-to-head as they simulate the demands of real-life firefighting by performing a series of tasks including the 5-story tower, hoisting, chopping, dragging hoses, and rescuing a life-sized 175 pound simulated victim. Teams with the best time advance.
According to Palestine Fire Department Combat Team members, “Our goal is to continue and be competitive at a World level, which, in turn, improves the wellness and fitness of our department. The training involved for this competition improves our ability to perform our jobs efficiently and save those in our community in any instance.”
KYYK's Gary Richards spoke with team members Clay Starling, Juan Quinonez, Tim Ingram, and Brandon Mathis (pictured) about the challenge. Click below for more.
*Additional team member not present or pictured: Nathan Reed
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