Scott FireFit Cham­pi­onship re­turns to the Drumheller val­ley

The Drumheller Mail - - REAL ESTATE - Al­lie Ruck­man The Drumheller Mail photo sub­mit­ted

Drumheller is in for a heavy dose of fire fight­ing skills in Septem­ber.

The Scott FireFit Cham­pi­onship is re­turn­ing to the val­ley for a sec­ond time.

The event show­cases skills gen­er­ally ob­tained through fire fight­ing in emer­gency sit­u­a­tions.

This year’s FireFit Cham­pi­onship kicks off on Fri­day night, Septem­ber 9, with the cor­po­rate chal­lenge.

The cor­po­rate chal­lenge al­lows teams from cor­po­rate busi­nesses to run the course with­out any gear on. Or­ga­nizer of the event and De­upty Fire Chief Duane Bolin thinks that more groups will par­tic­i­pate in this chal­lenge.

“It can be used as a team build­ing out­ing. We have about 8 groups so far. We are hop­ing to cap it at 30 groups closer to the date.”

The sec­ond day of the event is where the ex­cite­ment be­gins. Fire­fight­ers from across Al­berta will make their way to Drumheller in hopes of qual­i­fy­ing for the na­tional FireFit cham­pi­onship in Cal­gary on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 15- Sun­day, Septem­ber 18.

Bolin ex­plains the im­por­tance of the Drumheller chal­lenge.

“We are hop­ing to get some peo­ple from On­tario and Que­bec be­cause na­tion­als are hosted in Cal­gary the fol­low­ing week­end. This is the last re­gional event be­fore na­tion­als. It is the last chance to qual­ify for na­tion­als. It is a timed event and if you place as a top win­ner in a re­gional event you get a bye to na­tion­als. If you fin­ish in a spe­cific time frame, you qual­ify for a wild card in na­tion­als.”

In 2011, Drumheller hosted a FireFit chal­lenge and the re­sponse was ex­tremely pos­i­tive, lead­ing Bolin to introduce FireFit to the val­ley a sec­ond time.

“The event was very well re­ceived in 2011. There was great par­tic­i­pa­tion from the town and it is great when you get a crowd out, that makes it bet­ter for com­peti­tors as well as the fans. It is al­most bet­ter in a small town than in a city, the fan sup­port is bet­ter in a small town, in a big city it is just an­other thing go­ing on.”

To host FireFit in Drumheller, it costs $10,500. The or­ga­niz­ers have done a spe­cific amount of fundrais­ing for the event, and have re­ceived fund­ing from spon­sors.

“A huge part of the town sup­port is get­ting the course up and bleach­ers set up. The town def­i­nitely helps out. We could not put this on with­out that sup­port,” says Bolin.

Glen and Tracey Dundas trav­elled up to Dallas and Kailee Dundas’s at Athabasca from June 17 to 20. They went boat­ing and en­joyed the scenery. Dallas and Glen got a chance to en­joy a trip on their quads as well.

On June 22, the Chi­nook Fi­nan­cial staff, Car­rie Taubert and Terry Arm­strong took Lo­rilee Dundas to the Coun­try Farm House for sup­per on her re­tire­ment from the credit union. As usual the meal was awe­some and every­one had a great time vis­it­ing.

On June 27 the Grade 5/6 Grade in Hus­sar went on a camp­ing trip to Crawl­ing Val­ley. Games, spaghetti sup­per and ba­con and eggs for break­fast were on the agenda. They played preda­tor vs. prey and had a scav­enger hunt. Camp­fire with songs and s’mores were the hit. Mrs. Moczul­ski/Thomp­son, Russ Thomp­son, Lisa Arm­strong, Toshia Bishop, Robyn Zakari­a­son and Barb Slemko were cha­parones for the kids.

On June 28 all the teach­ers and stu­dents had a swim day in the Bas­sano swimming pool with pizza af­ter­wards in the park.

On June 29 there was year end as­sem­bly and kinder­grad. Awards were given out and a Sub­way lunch was pro­vided by the par­ent coun­cil.

The evening of June 29 was also the 4-H ban­quet and awards at the Hus­sar Hall. The mem­bers had a base­ball game be­fore every­one sat down to a BBQ steak sup­per with all the fixin’s. Awards were given out to the win­ners from the 4-H beef sale, the Dis­trict heifer show plus record books, pub­lic speak­ing and the Awards of Ex­cel­lence awards. Thanks to Kim San­dum (beef leader), Lo­rilee Sam­mons (craft leader) and Tara San­dum (horse leader) for their hard work and lead­er­ship this year.

A be­lated get well to Tracey An­der­son who was in a Cal­gary Hospi­tal then moved to the Bas­sano hospi­tal. She is out now and re­cu­per­at­ing. Good to see you up and around Tracey.

The weather has been crazy with hail and lots of rain. Tor­nado warn­ings are com­mon and scary so keep look­ing to the sky. Here’s hop­ing we can get thru sum­mer with no more dam­age to crops and prop­erty.

I know I’ve missed some news from in and around the Hus­sar area. Please send your news to me at tvr­dun­das@cci­wire­less.ca. or phone 403-787-2225 and leave a mes­sage

Un­til next week, re­mem­ber: “Life’s a rodeo and all you have to do is stay in the sad­dle” by Ge­orge Jung.

FireFit 2011, held in Drumheller, was very well at­tended. Or­ga­niz­ers are hop­ing for the same re­sponse this year.

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