Firefighter Challenge today and Saturday

Published on Thursday, 4 June 2015 20:14 - Written by Danny Mogle,

Firefighters from around the region are in Tyler to compete in the Brookshire’s Firefighter Combat Challenge today and Saturday

The obstacle course is set up in the south parking lot of Broadway Square Mall, 4601 S. Broadway Ave. The event is free for spectators who are encouraged to come and cheer the firefighters.

“The Combat Challenge is a unique competition between firefighters from all over the state,” Tyler Fire Chief Tim Johnson said in a statement released by the Tyler Convention & Visitors Bureau. “They compete against each other doing the things they do in their job, skills that are the craft of our profession. At the end of the day the fastest time wins.”

The obstacles are: high-rise hose drag, hose hoist, forcible entry, hose advance and victim rescue.

“The event is good fellowship for the participants, and great fun to watch for the spectators,” Chief Johnson said.

“We’re excited to be hosting this event (in Tyler) again for the 10th year in a row,” Tyler Firefighter Brent Hail said in the announcement. “It’s a great opportunity for the community to see what firefighters can do.”