FireFit challenge organizers tap local government for cash

Burn unit, muscular dystrophy named benefactors of charity fun challenge portion
by Keith Corcoran

Ryan Buck
 BRIDGEWATER - The organizing team bringing a regional firefighters' fitness skills competition to this town next year is branching out funding requests to local governments.

 Bridgewater Town Council last week offered its support in principle and referred the committee's $2,000 request to budget deliberations.

 The town fire department is hosting the Atlantic regional Scott FireFit challenge from July 19 to 21, 2013, on its Dominion Street station property. The internationally sanctioned event is expected to attract over 150 professional and volunteer firefighters from Canada and the United States.

 The event features firefighters in teams and in individual competition conducting a series of job-related skills such as stair climbing, hoisting and advancing hose lines, forcible entry and victim rescue.

 "The individual events are head-to-head timed races where participants are in full turnout gear wearing full self-contained breathing apparatus," event co-ordinator Ryan Buck told town council on February 13. "The team events are, again, timed head-to-head races in full turnout gear."

 July 20 features individual events and team competition takes place on July 21.

 But on July 19, local fire departments will compete against each other for fun. The entry fees for the event will go to charity with proceeds of this event going to muscular dystrophy and the burn unit at the QEII Health Sciences Centre.

 Mr. Buck, who's participated in Fire-Fit challenges before, said there's talk of a team of fire chiefs entering the charity challenge.

 The three-day event is seen as a chance to showcase the local community and its volunteer fire services as well as promote the importance of fitness and demonstrate to the public what firefighting is all about.

 Financial sponsorship to help defray the $20,000 cost to host the challenge and volunteer assistance is also needed for various tasks.

 Anyone interested in getting involved is asked to contact Ryan Buck via e-mail at

 More information about Scott FireFit Championships can be found at on the internet.

posted on 02/22/12