November 21, 2011

Kamloops Fire Rescue/New Gold FireFit Team #1 in the world!

Kamloops, B.C. – In addition to being the Canadian Team Champion and the Canadian Relay Champions, the FireFit Challenge Team KFR/New Gold is now also a World Champion.

Competing in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina this past week, the team of Graham MacKenzie, Mike Brown, Shawn Davidson, Scott Leslie, Mark Brise, and Don Clarke were crowned World Champs with a time of 4.37.90. Graham Mackenzie finished 2nd in the world for the individual event, adding to his 1st place Canadian individual placing and a Canadian world record.

New Gold FireFit Team ~ Kamloops Fire Rescue

The Challenge seeks to encourage firefighter fitness and demonstrate the profession's rigors to the public. Wearing "full bunker gear" and the SCOTT Air-Pak breathing apparatus, pairs of competitors race head-to-head as they simulate the physical demands of real-life firefighting by performing a linked series of five tasks including climbing the 5-story tower, hoisting, chopping, dragging hoses and rescuing a life-sized, 175 lb. "victim" as they race against themselves, their opponent and the clock.

Kamloops Fire Rescue is proud of the achievements of the KFR/New Gold FireFit Team and now there is'nt a fire department in North America that doesn't know where Kamloops, BC is.

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Media Contacts:
Mike Brown
Kamloops Fire Rescue  250-320-2840
mbrown@kamloops.ca