Congratualtions to Pikeville Fire Department Combat Challenge Team!
On August 13, Pikeville Fire Department Firefighter's a team of 5, traveled to Lexington Green in Lexington, KY to compete in the weekend Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge. The challenge annually attracts hundreds of U.S. and Canadian municipal fire departments at more than 25 locations and is now expanding to countries around the world, including New Zealand, Germany, Argentina, Chile, and South Africa. The Challenge seeks to encourage firefighter fitness and demonstrate the profession's rigors to the public.
The Challenge is a course where each team member wearing "full bunker gear", and Scott Air-Pak breathing apparatus, pairs of competitors race head-to-head as they simulate the physical demands of real-life firefighting; performing a linked series of five tasks including climbing the 5-story tower, hoisting, chopping, dragging hoses and rescuing a life-sized, 175 lb. victim as they race against themselves, their opponent and the clock. With the team's hard work, practice and dedication the challenge landed them in the Worlds. In which they traveled to Myrtle Beach, SC on November 14 and competed through Saturday, November 19 at Broadway on the Beach.
The team had only run the "official" course at two events which was Lexington Green where they ran 1:46:29 and ran 1:29:42 in Myrtle Beach.
The team of five consisted of Lt. Keith Gillispie, Brandon Hayton, Mitch Case, Justin Maynard, and Nick Potter. The five organized the team in July, and started right away practicing 3 to 4 hours daily 6 days a week. Mitch Case stepped up and took the place of one of the team members dropping out after the run in Lexington. The World Challenge in Myrtle Beach was the first time the five had ran together. The team was purchased the top of the line turnout gear to run in.
The competition had 149 teams registered; the gentlemen had to run on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday to get the best time to make it to the top 64 teams for finals on Saturday. The team ran against a team from Hamilton, Canada whom qualified 12 seconds faster, but only beat Pikeville's team by 4 seconds and some change. Amongst the other 32 teams that were eliminated in the first round there were only 7 teams faster; which put Pikeville in the 40th place.
The team has already begun preparation for next year, the guys have seen the kind of commitment it takes to be a competitive team and have already set goals for themselves next year!