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The Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge: World Challenge XXIII

For the past 23 years, the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge has been the premier sports competition for firefighters. This week, over 700 firefighters from all over the world will convene near the Hard Rock Café in downtown Phoenix for the time trials of what ESPN dubbed “The Toughest Two Minutes in Sports!”

Starting with the tower climb, accessorized with a 42 lb pack of hose on their shoulder, each firefighter will dash to the top of a five-story tower where they will hoist a 42 lb donut roll of hose up, and deposit it in a box. They will then make their way down the tower, and hop on a forcible entry machine, pushing a 180 lb beam of steel a distance of 5 feet back, with a 9.5 lb mallet. After completion, competitors will race through a series of cones to a charged fire hose, which they will drag to, and shoot down a target. Lastly they will make their way to a 175 lb rescue manikin, and drag him 100 feet to the finish line. And the world record for all of that? 1 minute 19 seconds, with a strong possibility that it might be broken in Phoenix!

Come check out the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge as the competition roars in from Monday, November 3, through Thursday, November 6; then moves to the Phoenix International Raceway for the finals on Saturday and Sunday, November 8 and 9! This is a great event for the whole family, and a fantastic opportunity to come and support the heroes who put their lives on the line for all of us, every day!

If You Go

November 3-6, 10 AM daily, S 2nd Street between E Washington Street and E Jefferson Street

November 8-9, 9 AM Saturday, 8 AM Sunday, Phoenix International Raceway

Images courtesy of Scott Firefighter Challenge.