News from Kamloops

December 4, 2012

KFR/New Gold FireFit Team Successfully Defend Their Title

Kamloops, B.C. - KFR/New Gold FireFit Team has successfully defended their title of World Team Champions.

Competing in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina at the end of October, the team of Graham MacKenzie, Mike Brown, Shawn Davidson, Scott Leslie, and Don Clarke were crowned 2012 World Team Champs with a time of 4.33.08. Graham Mackenzie finished 3rd in the world for the individual event and Mike Haines finished 3rd in the world for the over 45 division.

KFR/New Gold FireFit Team has held the World Team Champions title two years in a row and the Canadian title for four years consecutively.

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 thanks to them, there isn't a fire department in North America that doesn't know where Kamloops, BC is.

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