Firefighters test their skills
Firefighters from every station in Hawkesbury and even crews from other departments around Prescott-Russell and beyond will gather at Confederation Park on l’Île du Chenail this weekend. But it’s not an emergency that will bring them out in strength, just a chance to have some fun and prove which community has the best firefighters, at the fourth annual Hawkesbury Firefighters’ Challenge.
“We expect at least between 25 to 30 participants, five or six teams, at least,” said Patrick Mayer, spokesman for the event and a full-time member of the Hawkesbury Fire Services. “Usually we (Hawkesbury) have at least 10 people who compete.”
The Firefighters’ Challenge is an annual competitive event that most municipal and regional fire departments in North America and other countries around the world host. There is also an international competition, which has seen either individuals or teams of firefighters from Eastern Ontario compete.
The aim of the Challenge is two-fold: to have fun and to also challenge participants on the skills they need for their task of fighting fires and saving lives.
“It’s just two minutes,” Mayer said about the time limit set for competitors to complete all five stations of the Challenge. “But it’s the hardest two minutes ever. We’re talking muscle, cardio, everything.”
Individual competitors and relay team each have to complete five tasks: the tower climb, packing the hose, hammering the kaiser, hitting a target with a pressurized stream of water, and the dummy drag.
Along with the regular competitors’ events, there will be an Open Category for anyone 18 years or older who would like to test their mettle against the Challenge. There will also be fun activities for children set up at the park while the Challenge is on.
The fun and competition run from 1 to 4 p.m. and those interested in trying the Challenge themselves can contact Mayer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Les pompiers se poussent à la limite lors du Défi des pompiers. Le Service des incendies de Hawkesbury sera l’hôte du quatrième Défi annuel des pompiers, le 9 septembre, au Parc de la Confédération sur l›Île du Chenail.