Scott FireFit Championship returns to the Drumheller valley
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.
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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.