LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Louisville Sports Commission welcomes U.S. and Canadian firefighters to Louisville for the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge on August 21st and 22nd.

This marks the first time that Louisville has hosted the Challenge, which seeks to encourage firefighter fitness and demonstrate the profession's rigors to the public.

Wearing "full bunker gear" and the Scott 5.5 Air-Pak breathing apparatus, teams and individuals race head-to-head as they simulate the physical demands of real-life firefighting.

They perform a linked series of five tasks including climbing a five-story tower, hoisting, chopping, dragging hoses and rescuing a life-sized, 175 lb. "victim" as they race against themselves, their opponents and the clock.

The Kentucky Fire Commission has been working with the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge® since 2010 to bring the event to Louisville. There are currently more than 100 participants and 30 teams registered to compete. 

The Louisville fire departments schedule to compete: Louisville Metro, Highview, St. Matthews, Okolona and Harrods Creek.

The competition will take place at the PARC lot at 2nd and Liberty Streets; the daily schedule of events is:

Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge 
Friday, August 21st:
8am - Course set-up
4pm - Opening ceremonies
4:30pm - Individual competition begins 

Saturday, August 22nd:
4pm - Relay and tandem competition begins 

There will also be a children's competition each day from 6-9 p.m.
This event is free to the public.
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