TUSCALOOSA, Ala., April 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2011 Tuscaloosa Firefighter Combat Challenge Team comprised of professional firefighters from the Tuscaloosa Fire/ Rescue Service who compete on the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge national tour. Locklear KIA is a sponsor of Scott Firefighter Combat Team in the upcoming 2011 firefighter combat challenge on April 30th and May 1st in downtown Tuscaloosa. Through training and competition the team looks to promote physical fitness in the fire service.
In 2010, the team's first season, Team Tuscaloosa earned a second place team finish at the Combat Challenge Trials in Brandon, MS. At the Lexington, KY regional the team qualified three Relay teams, 3 Tandem teams, and one Open team for the World Championships. At the World Championships in Myrtle Beach, S.C. competing against firefighters from the U.S., Canada, Europe, and New Zealand, Team Tuscaloosa finished in the top 32 in the World.
Labeled the "Toughest Two Minutes in Sports" and seen on ESPN for a dozen years, now on Versus, 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. Wearing "full bunker gear" and the SCOTT Air-Pak breathing apparatus, pairs of competitors race head-to-head as they simulate the physical demands of real-life firefighting by 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.
See video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9KOYeF_8eA
The 2011 team will be opening up the season at the Tuscaloosa regional event April 30 and ending at the World Championships in November with stops at regional competitions in Montgomery, AL and Lexington, KY and the National Championships in Fort Pierce, FL. Like all competitive teams there are expenses. Locklear KIA is helping Scott Firefighter Combat Team with expenses for the year. Locklear KIA wants to support our local firefighters because they support our community daily. Please come help Locklear KIA support Scott Firefighter Team on April 30th and May 1st located downtown Tuscaloosa on the City Fest Lot (adjacent to Lurleen Wallace Blvd.)
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