Described by ESPN as, “the toughest two minutes in sports,” the 3M Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge encourages firefighter fitness and demonstrates the profession’s rigors to the public. Wearing “full bunker gear” and the Scott 5.5 Air-Pak SCBA, pairs of competitors race head-to-head as they simulate the physical demands of real-life firefighting, performing a series of five tasks that include climbing a five-story tower, hoisting, chopping, dragging hoses and rescuing a life-sized, 175 lb. “victim” while racing against themselves, their opponent and the clock. The event attracts hundreds of U.S. and Canadian municipal fire departments and take place at more than 25 locations, as well as New Zealand, Germany, Argentina, Chile, and South Africa.
Challenge season begins in April at FDIC and culminates with World Challenge at the end of October. Registration information for competitors is available at www.firefighterchallenge.com. In most cases, the event is open to the public and free to watch. Below, is the current 2018 tour schedule.
|Thur–Sat||April 26–28||FDIC Indianapolis, Indiana|
|Fri-Sat||May 4-5||Tinley Park, IL|
|Fri-Sat||May 11-12||Apopka, FL|
|Fri-Sat||May 18-19||Va Beach, VA|
|Fri-Sat||June 1-2||Sioux Center, IA|
|Fri-Sat||June 15-16||Elkhart, IN|
|Sat-Sun||June 23-24||Lexington, KY|
|Fri-Sat||June 29-30||Montgomery, AL|
|Fri-Sat||July 13-14||Bloomington, MN|
|Fri-Sat||Aug 3-4||Longmont, CO|
|Fri-Sat||Aug 17-18||Elko, NV|
|Sat-Sun||Sep 1-2||Grand Island, NE|
|Fri-Sat||Sep 14-15||Fort Pierce, FL|
|Sat-Sun||Sep 22-23||Carlsbad, NM|
|Fri-Sat||Sep 28-29||State Fair of Virginia|
|Fri-Sun||Oct 5-7||Branson, MO|
|Mon-Sat||Oct 22-27||WC XXVII – Sacramento, CA|
Think you have what it takes? Take a look at this video walkthrough of the course from Challenge Operations Manager, Todd Shelton.