Some of the most physically fit firefighters in the United States, including a squad from the Greenville Fire-Rescue Department, will be competing in Greenville this weekend.

Billed as “The Toughest Two Minutes in Sports”, a regional round of the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge is scheduled for the Greenville SportsPark starting at 5:30 p.m. today with the opening ceremonies and the open competition. The tandem and relay events begin at the SportsPark at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Among the teams confirmed as entering the competition are Sam Squad from Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo; teams from fire departments in Prosper and Robstown and from as far away as Lawton, Oklahoma and Memphis, Tennessee.

Team RackSolutions from Greenville is hosting the event for the second straight year and also will be in competition.

The event is designed to test firefighters in how well and how quickly they can complete five different challenges, based on the types of scenarios they might encounter on the job on any given day.

Teams compete, wearing full bunker gear and breathing apparatus, by climbing a five-story tower while carrying a 45 pound hose pack; hoisting another 45 pound hose up to the top of the tower; simulating a forcible entry by swinging a nine pound mallet on the end of a steel beam and moving the beam five feet; running 140 feet through fire hydrants, picking up a hose filled with water, advancing 75 feet and hitting a target with the stream from the hose; and dragging a life-sized, 175 pound “victim” for 100 feet.

The competition is both for individuals and their teams. The team event is performed as a timed relay, with the teams racing for the best overall time against the other teams.

Team RackSolutions has been ranked in the past among the best teams in the world, taking sixth place in the 2007 World Firefighter Chal-lenge Championships, and is sponsored by RackSolutions, a subsidiary of Innovation First Inc.

Those wanting more information can contact Deputy Fire Chief Jeremy Powell at 903-217-2136.

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