Firefighter challenge returns to Vail this weekend |

Firefighter challenge returns to Vail this weekend

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – Vail Fire and Emergency Services will be hosting the second annual Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge this weekend at Ford Park.

Competition begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 11 and 9 a.m. Sunday, June 12. With competition venues across the country, the Combat Challenge is already known as the “The Toughest Two Minutes in Sports,” and with an elevation higher than any other venue, Vail’s “Adrenaline at Altitude” event is even tougher.

Last year, more than 150 firefighters and their families from across the country took part in Vail’s inaugural event. This year, participation is expected to be similar to last year in both individual and team competition. -The Combat Challenge seeks to encourage firefighter fitness and demonstrate the profession’s rigors to the public, according to Vail Fire Chief Mark Miller. Wearing full bunker gear and the Scott Air-Pak breathing apparatus, pairs of competitors race head-to-head as they simulate the physical demands of real-life firefighting by performing a linked series of five tasks including climbing a five-story tower, hoisting, chopping, dragging hoses and rescuing a life-sized, 175 pound “victim” as they race against themselves, their opponent and the clock. Similar to last year, there will also be a Kids Challenge in which each child is outfitted with a helmet and turn-out gear.

Vail Fire and Emergency Services will have several members competing this weekend, including James Pettersen, John LoFaro, Todd Burtar, John Alley and Andrew Facchini. Burtar, Alley and a few other Vail firefighters have been competing in the Combat Challenge in other locations across the country as “Team Nick Asoian” to raise money and awareness for Vail resident Nick Asoian, who is currently in his third year of a battle against Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The team has joined the Vail Valley Charitable Fund in a fundraising campaign. Their website contains information about Team Nick Asoian and their goal of making the World Championships in November while raising $10,000 to help Asoian fight Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

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