Kids (and the Pros) Try Out their Firefighting Skills

Now in its second year, the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge attracts hundreds of firefighters to downtown Branson for the regional Firefighters Combat Challenge. The 2017 event is June 9th and 10th, taking place on the south parking lot of Branson Landing.

The challenge seeks to encourage fitness and demonstrate the firefighting profession’s rigors to the public. Wearing “full bunker gear” and the Scott 5.5 Air-Pak breathing apparatus, pairs of competitors race head-to-head as they simulate the physical demands of real-life firefighting. Participants perform a linked series of five tasks including climbing a 5-story tower, hoisting, chopping, dragging hoses and rescuing a life-sized, 175-pound “victim.”

There are a number of family-friendly aspects to this event, including a Firefighter Kid’s Challenge for children ages 4-11.

In the Kid’s Challenge, each child is outfitted with a helmet and "turn-out gear." The events mirror those used in the Firefighter Combat Challenge. Each child carries a shoulder load of hose, climbs to the top of a 12-foot inflatable tower, slides to the bottom, where they "stop, drop and roll." Then they crawl through the tunnel, work the miniature Keiser Force Machine with the supplied mallet, advance a 1" wildland fire line with authentic nozzle striking a target. The course ends with child participants rescuing an appropriately sized mannequin.

Another favorite event for children is the Fire Truck Parade, which will take place on Saturday, June 10, at 10 a.m.

For non-firefighting adults, there also is a community/corporate challenge that takes place on the same course as the professional firefighters. This event is held on Friday, June 9, at 4 p.m., prior to the start of the professional event. Groups can sign up in 5-person teams and must pre-register.

The event also features a “Guns N’ Hoses” Challenge, where police and fire departments can compete head-to-head.

About the Challenge

The Branson Firefighter Challenge is organized by Branson Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 152, the Branson Landing, the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau and Come Alive Crossfit. More information and a schedule are available at

About Downtown Branson

Downtown Branson encompasses the area roughly between U.S. Highway 65 and Lake Taneycomo and is home to more than 200 retail shops, several dozen restaurants and a diverse selection of hotels, inns and B&Bs. You can find more information about Downtown Branson at

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