Firefighter competition to bring thousands to Myrtle Beach

Photo Credit: Holly Morgan

The Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge world competition, scheduled for November 9th - 13th, will be held at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach.

The Burroughs and Chapin company said today about 1,500 firefighters are expected to participate, bringing with them approximately 4,000 friends and family members.

The World Firefighter Combat Challenge annually attracts hundreds of U.S. and Canadian municipal fire departments at more than 25 locations and is now expanding to countries around the world, including New Zealand, Germany, Argentina, Chile and South Africa.

The competition in Myrtle Beach is going to be broadcast on Versus, an outdoor sports network, which reaches an estimated 73 million homes.

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 series of linked tasks.

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