Fire­fight­ers bat­tle it out on FireFit course

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

They came, they saw, they con­quered the tough­est two min­utes in sports.

The Re­gional FireFit Com­pe­ti­tion held in Drumheller last week­end was a great suc­cess with a strong showing in par­tic­i­pa­tion and in re­sults.

“Ev­ery­thing went great all three days,” said Duane Bolin who or­ga­nized the event. “On Fri­day there was the cor­po­rate chal­lenge and then on Satur­day, the in­di­vid­ual events, those two days we had awe­some weather and awe­some fan sup­port. On Sun­day it was a lit­tle bit chilly, and prob­a­bly didn’t have as many fans out, but all and all it turned out great.”

This was the sec­ond time the Drumheller Fire De­part­ment hosted a FireFit Com­pe­ti­tion. This year they had about 84 in­di­vid­ual com­peti­tors and a full slate bat- tling in the re­lay events. The Drumheller Fire De­part­ment had 10 mem­bers on course and was also able to field two re­lay teams, which went head to head on Sun­day. The re­sults were very com­pet­i­tive, with the top times well be­low the 1:30 mark. Drumheller’s Mitch Smith scored a 1:51.66, with a penalty, and Duane Bolin has a 1:57.66, which earned him gold in the over 50 cat­e­gory.

“As Deputy Chief and train- ing of­fi­cer, I am very proud of all 10 that com­peted, and the en­tire de­part­ment for sup­port­ing the event and help­ing us out,” said Bolin.

He praises the sup­port from the com­mu­nity for the event.

“From our side, the Fire De­part­ment, I’d like to thank all the vol­un­teers and the Town of Drumheller for the sup­port,” he said.

It was an op­por­tune time for the Drumheller De­part­ment to host such an event, as na­tion­als are this com­ing week­end in Cal­gary. Bolin says, he, along with Merv, Kyle and Mitch Smith will be at­tend­ing. They will com­pete in the wild card event on Thurs­day and Fri­day in the in­di­vid­ual events as well as the X3 re­lay and team re­lay events to qual­ify for the na­tion­als.

“As Deputy Chief and train­ing of­fi­cer, I am very proud of all 10 that com­peted, and the en­tire de­part­ment for sup­port­ing the event and help­ing us out.” Duane Bolin FireFit Drumheller or­ga­nizer

Left: 10 mem­bers of the Drumheller Fire De­part­ment com­peted in the Re­gional FireFit Com­pe­ti­tion over the week­end. Right: DVSS team won the Mixed Cor­po­rate Chal­lenge Fri­day evening.

Be­low: Dan Hird gets ready to run the stairs in the Cor­po­rate chal­lenge at this year’s FireFit Drumheller Com­pe­ti­tion.

Above: Kyle Sun­t­jens of the Drumheller Fire De­part­ment, bat­tles through the re­lay course.

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