Firefighter Challenge coming to Rapid City

Firefighter Challenge

Photo courtesy of the Firefighter Challenge website

RAPID CITY, S.D. — On Monday, Visit Rapid City announced that the globally recognized Firefighter Challenge will be taking place in Rapid City at Black Hills Harley-Davidson.

Opening ceremonies are set for July 8 at 4:30 p.m. with the main event taking place on July 9 at 10:30 a.m.

“Participants in the Firefighter Challenge aim to inspire their fellow firefighter to also aim for the highest level of fitness, wellness and safety so they can perform at their absolute best and minimize risks of injury on every 911 call,” Chief Executive Officer of the First Responder Institute Russell A. Jackson said.

Competitors will run a skill-based course and be tested on what are known as the Five Essential Functions — while equipped with full turnout gear and a self-contained breathing apparatus. The obstacles that the firefighters will face range from climbing a five-story tower, to rescuing a 175-pound “victim.”

Competitors will be need to complete these tasks as quick and efficiently as possible as they will be racing against other firefighters.

“All firefighters are invited to participate regardless of where they are in their physical journey,” added Jackson. “I compare our participants to those running in a marathon. Not everyone here is focused on just winning the race. Many have incredible testimonials about how the challenge has helped them on their journey of improving their personal and professional mental, physical and medical wellbeing. The comradery, encouragement and takeaway lessons our participants have at each event are immeasurable.”

The event is open to the public and free for spectators.

Firefighters who want to enter the competition must register online in advanced here.

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