Firefighter's Combat Challenge Returns to Branson

Each year, firefighters and other emergency responders from around the world convene to prove their ultimate fitness and professional rigor. In 2017, the Scott Firefighter's Combat Challenge will return to Branson for the second year in a row, June 9-10. For the past 25 years, the Scott Firefighter's Combat Challenge has awarded emergency-response teams receiving the fastest times in the demanding five-event physical challenge, and this year the competition will be heating up the Branson Landing again.

The Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge, sponsored by Scott Safety since 1999, began as a personnel-selection instrument, testing prospective firefighter's physical fitness and virility, but in 1991 it morphed into a major industry sports event, and its popularity has since soared. This grueling competition has been televised on ESPN - followed by the Comcast Versus network since 1993. All firefighters, currently employed or retired, who are members of any first-responder organizations, whether it be EMS or fire-rescue, are eligible to compete in the challenge.

It's no wonder the challenge is often called, "the toughest two minutes in sports." These contestants aren't simply athletes, for the term "staying fit" can literally mean the difference between life and death for each of them. While wearing "full bunker gear," including the Scott 5.5 Air-Pak breathing apparatus, competitors race for the fastest time in a series of linked events designed to simulate the physical demands of real-life firefighting, including:

  • Carrying a 42-pound hose up six flights of stairs.
  • Hoisting a 42-pound hose up a five-story tower using a hand-over-hand motion.
  • Moving a beam 5 feet using a 9.5-pound sledgehammer.
  • Sprinting 140 feet, picking up a 1.75-inch charged hose and dragging it 76 feet before releasing water onto a small target.
  • Picking up a 175-pound mannequin and dragging it 100 feet.

The two-day Branson competition, in partnership with the Branson Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 152, Branson Landing, and the Branson Convention & Visitors Bureau, will also feature a community challenge, a children's challenge for ages 4-12, plus a safety-vendor fair and a "Guns N' Hoses" challenge. To top off the fun-filled weekend, the Ozark Mountain Fire Truck Parade will be on the 10th, and will travel north along the Boardwalk, past the Branson Landing Fountains, and end in the north parking lot. There will be antique and current fire trucks and fun surprises as well.

On April 21st, the Branson Firefighters Association along with Pasghettis Restaurant is hosting a "Dinner with the Chief's" from 6pm - 8pm. This will be your opportunity to dine with both Chief Ted Martin from Branson Fire Rescue and Chief Stan Dobbins from the Branson Police Department. Meal tickets for this event are a requested donation of $100 each, and can be purchased by calling 417-243-2780, or stopping by Branson Fire Rescue Station 1. Reservations are required.

Don't miss out on Branson's Firefighter Combat Challenge in 2017! Visit to find out how you can get involved or learn more!

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