Niagara Gazette

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June 21, 2013

Competing for a cause

Niagara Gazette — It was a staple on ESPN for more than a decade.

Now, it's made its way to Wheatfield as part of a major fundraiser for the SPCA of Niagara. 

For the next two days, Scott Safety is bringing its Firefighter Combat Challenge to the Summit Mall parking lot as part of the SPCA of Niagara Pets and Paws Jamboree. 

The challenge promotes and showcases the talents, skills and athleticism of firefighters in a competition that travels to more than 20 locations across the United States every year. The competition simulates what are described as the "essential skills" of firefighting and will celebrate the best firefighters in the region.

Up to 75 firefighters are expected to compete. They'll wear full turn-out gear and an air pack and carry that 75 pounds of gear as they climb a five-story tower, drag and use fire hoses, drag a 175-pound dumb and simulate breaking through the roof of a building.

"ESPN called it the toughest two minutes in sports," Combat Challenge Operations Manager Ron Beckman said. "The whole point of the competition is to show the skills it takes for a firefighter to fight an average fire."

Beckman said firefighters from across New York and southern Ontario will take part in the competition.

There's even an opportunity for kids to come out and compete in the same drills. 

"The kids get the chance to do the same drills as the adults (suitably adjusted)," said Dave Bower, an SPCA Board member who is helping to coordinate the competition and jamboree. "It's just an amazing event."

In addition to the Combat Challenge, the Niagara SPCA will also be providing plenty of other fun. There will be live music, craft and food vendors, carnival rides and the money raised will all go to support the Lockport Road animal shelter.

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