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Kitchener Fire proud to compete at FireFit Championship

Kitchener – Fitter. Faster. Stronger. That’s the motto of the FireFit Championships – a motto Kitchener Fire intends to live up to this month as the city hosts the 21st annual FireFit Championship at the Moose Winooski’s parking lot at Sportsworld Crossing, Sept. 15-20, 2015.

A group from the Kitchener Fire Department (KFD) has been training all year to bring their best skills to this demanding event – a skill and strength challenge that simulates firefighting skills in an obstacle-race format that includes a 6-storey climber, forced entry, pylon race, hose pull with target shoot and dummy drag.

First class firefighters Justin Myles and Eric Mayne are two members of the six person KFD team, and have been training all year to compete in the internationally acclaimed event, preparing to compete against 500 of the fittest, fastest and strongest firefighters from across Canada and the USA.

“Training for this event not only prepares us for the challenges of the course, but allows us to network with other services in the province,” said Mayne. “We often partner with other municipalities to train, and it creates a community within our field.” For Mayne, the competition also provides motivation to stay fit and healthy. “It provides an opportunity to set goals for myself and measure my level of fitness. We may compete against other teams, but at the end of the day I’m not racing against anyone but myself. “I’m really proud of what and where I work – this event lets me demonstrate that pride in a really tangible way.”

The championship obstacle course simulates real-life situations that firefighters face when responding to an emergency. To qualify for the championship, teams take part in regional challenges throughout the year. The best times nationwide are considered and qualified teams are invited to compete in the FireFit championship.

“It is an honour to have our department represented at this event,” said Fire Chief, Jon Rehill. “This will be Kitchener Fire’s fourth year to participate in this event and we are thrilled to be the host city for this championship. There is nothing better than competing in front of a home town crowd, showcasing the skills and talent of our team.”

Spectators of all ages are invited to watch the events, and take part in a weekend of family themed events, including a corporate/media challenge, junior FireFit competition and full kids zone featuring Sparky fire safety tips and bouncing rides, a marketplace for vendors, food and beverage areas, entertainment as well as a family outdoor movie night on Saturday featuring Paddington.

All proceeds from the team entry fee will be provided to Camp Bucko, a burn camp for child burn victims

To learn more about the FireFit competition and schedule of events, please visit www.Firefit.com. To learn more about Kitchener Fire’s involvement in the event, please contact Fire Prevention Officer, Kevin Schmaltz at 519-741-2200 ext. 5538, or Deputy Greg Willett at 519-741-2200 ext. 2496.

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