2010 Windsorís Team Parker Construction
2 time World Champions and 5 time Canadian Champions
Windsorís Team Parker Construction is competing in the Firefighter Combat Challenge for its 14th year. During this time, the team has donated their season winnings to Windsor Fire & Rescue Services - equalling over $130,000 worth of fire equipment. Windsor is a threat to challenge for another Canadian and World championship in 2010.
The popularity of this unique sport continues to grow. January 2010, Windsor team member Darren Hillman participated in the first FIREFIT Dubai, United Arab Emirates Event. FIREFIT brought a team of Canadaís best competitors with a range of expertise in coaching, hosting and training firefighters for the competition. The first UAE International FIREFIT Championship was held in conjunction with the prestigious 2010 Intersec Convention held yearly in Dubai.
Windsorís 2010 ďTeam Parker Construction" are pictured above.
Darren Hillman - a seventeen year veteran and a qualified Captain, Darren enters his 12th year on the Combat Challenge course. Darren is the current over 40 Menís Individual and Over 40 Menís Tandem World Champion. He holds eight World Titles since joining the team in 1998 and once held the World Record in the Open Menís Individual category. His goal is to retain his current titles and to help his teammates win their third World Championship in the Team category.
Jack Bailey - began his Combat Challenge career back in 1997 and quickly established himself as one of the sportís elite. He held the Menís Individual World Record from 2002 until it was broken in 2008, holds several National Individual Championships and was instrumental in Windsorís Team success with six World Championships to his credit. He is excited to be back after a three year break and is once again ready to help Team Parker compete for top spot at World Challenge XIX.
Rob Fawcett - has been competing since 1999 and was part of the powerhouse Windsor Team from 2001 through 2006. Rob has five World Championships to his name and was a key member of the Windsor Relay team's success. Rob has a Top Five Individual finish at Worlds and brings experience and a competitive edge to this yearís Team Parker Construction. He is back for one reason, and thatís to help his team win!
Laureano Cordeiro - is in his seventh year of competing and is excited to be back with Windsorís Team Parker Construction. He brings tremendous speed and strength to the team making him an important part of both the Team and Relay competitions. His goal is to hoist the World Championship trophy this November in Myrtle Beach.
Locky Gelinas - has been competing since 2006 and has become one of the sports strongest competitors. His goals for this season are to be competitive for the top spot on Windsor Team Parker Construction and to win his first Team Championship at World Challenge XIX in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Locky went back to basics in the off season and has come back in the best shape of his career and is ready to win.
P.D. Pinsonneault - is the team's newest member with 3 years of fire fighting experience. Firefest 2010 will mark his first Firefit competition and he is very excited to be part of the team. P.D. has set a goal of 1:40 for himself and with his strong work ethic he hopes to carry on Windsor's winning tradition. He will be attending his first National competition in September in Brampton, Ontario and then on to World Challenge XIX in November in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
ABOUT THE CHALLENGE:
The Toughest 2 Minutes in Sports ! As seen on TSN, ESPN2 & Versus, the Firefighter Combat Challenge was developed to showcase physical fitness and is about people doing their job safer and better. 3 to 5 person teams compete individually against the clock wearing full firefighting gear. The Challenge tasks are timed and completed sequentially.
In Canada, FIREFIT Championships has specialized in presenting firefighter events, across Canada since 1994. The competition has grown over the years and the tour has visited every province in Canada Ė with 12 events scheduled this year. Competitors come from every Province and Territory as well as the United States, New Zealand, England and Dubai. A 1 hour Canadian Championship show is aired on TSN, OLN & RDS. In 2010, the Canadian Championships will be held in Brampton, Ontario.
In USA, Scott Firefighter Combat Challengeģ began in 1991. In early spring, the Challenge attracts hundreds of U.S. and Canadian municipal fire departments to over 25 events and has expanded to New Zealand, Germany, Argentina, Chile, and South Africa. At the USA regional level, competitors must complete the competition course within a certain time limit in order to qualify for the world championships. In 2010, the World Championships will be held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Windsorís ďTeam Parker ConstructionĒ will be featured during FIREFEST at Windsorís Riverfront Festival Plaza August 20 & 21. FIREFESTis the hottest 2 day, family event of the summer ! The event will bring large groups of firefighters, family & friends to Windsor for this South Western Ontario regional stop. Firefighters from across Canada and the USA will compete.
The festival will feature Corporate and Media Combat Relay Teams stumbling through the course on Friday night while the professionals tear up the course on Saturday. The KID ZONE will provide entertainment for the little ones. Proceeds benefit Transition to Betterness. This is the 9th year for FIREFEST which has raised over $50,000 for local charities.
In 2008, Parker Construction came on board as the title sponsor of Windsor Fire & Rescue Service's Combat Challenge Team. Windsorís ďTeam Parker ConstructionĒ are 2-time World Champions and 5-time Canadian Champions. The Windsor team is competing in the Firefighter Combat Challenge for its 13th year. During this time, the team has donated their season winnings to Windsor fire departments - equalling over $130,000 worth of fire equipment. In 2010, Parker Construction has also agreed to be the title sponsor of FIREFEST.
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The Firefighter Combat Challenge was developed to showcase physical fitness, inside and outside the fire service. The Challenge is about people doing their job safer and better.
Three to five-person teams compete individually against the clock wearing full turnout gear (helmet, coat and pants with liners, boots, and gloves) while breathing from SCBA. Competitors provide their own NFPA approved structural firefighting turnout gear and boots. Scott 4.5 Air-Paks are supplied.
The Challenge tasks are timed and completed sequentially. The course and time start on the following commands from the Starter 'Ready on the Red ... Ready on the Blue ...Set ....' you will then hear an audible sound on which you start. The clock does not stop until all five evolutions have ended.
Here are the Combat Challenge Competition Tasks:
Task 1: Stair Climb with High Rise Pack
The first event is the high rise pack carry. The 100' 1.75 inch Hi Combat hose load (42 lb.) may be carried in any manner, but must be deposited in the container on the top floor (equivalent to a five story building) of the tower (42 ft., 6 sets of risers with 10 steps each). The hose load must stay in or on top of the box or the competitor is disqualified. The hand rails may be used in climbing the tower. Steps may be taken in multiples on the way up, but every step must be contacted and both handrails grasped when descending the tower. Failure to touch each step or use the handrails on the descent will result in a 2 second penalty per infraction.
Task 2: Hose Hoist
A 45 lb donut roll of Angus LDH hose and 5/8" kern-mantle rope are used for this event. The competitor is not allowed to stand on anything other than the top platform while hoisting. The evolution is complete when the roll clears the railing of the top of the tower and is placed in the container (Both feet must be in contact with the landing.) The donut roll must stay in or on the box, failure to do so results in disqualification. A fallen donut roll may not be retrieved.
Task 3: Forcible Entry
The Forcible entry evolution utilises a Keiser Force Machine (a chopping simulator). Using a 9 lb. shot mallet provided, the competitor must drive the 165 lb. steel beam a horizontal distance of 5 ft. Pushing, raking or hooking the beam is not allowed; it must be struck only by the head of the mallet. The handle must not come in contact with the beam at any time. Also, both hands must be above the tape mark on the handle (12 inches from the head end) at the point of impact. The upper edge of the beam will be covered with pressure sensitive tape, making infractions visible when a mark appears on the tape. The competitor will receive a warning for the first handle strike that makes a mark. A 5 second penalty is assessed for each infraction thereafter. The hammer must be dropped onto the 2' x 3' matt and remain touching or a 2 second penalty is assessed.
Task 4: Hose Advance
After advancing a 140 ft., the competitor must pick up the nozzle end of the 1.75" charged Hi-Combat hoseline (it must be grasped and pulled forward of the tape line 5 ft. from the tip) and drag it a distance of 75 ft. Once the nozzle crosses the 75ft. stripe, the competitor opens the nozzle, hits the target with the water stream, shuts down the nozzle and places the nozzle on the pavement. Opening the nozzle before it crosses the 75 ft. stripe is a 2 second penalty. If the nozzle is not shut before it is placed down, the competitor must go back and close it. If the nozzle opens again after hitting the ground, there is no penalty and the competitor can continue to the victim rescue.
Task 5: Victim Rescue
A 175 lb. Simulaids Rescue Randy mannequin must be dragged backwards a distance of 100 ft. Carrying the dummy is not permitted. The mannequin must not be grasped by its clothing or appendages. Time stops when the competitor and victim completely cross the finish line.
All competitors must perform the Combat Challenge in less than seven minutes. Failure to do so results in the competitor being disqualified and removed from the course. The course Marshal, at his/her discretion, may stop any contestant who, in the Marshal's opinion, presents a danger to themselves or others.
Use of the Combat Challenge name & or associated logo's is strictly prohibited. These include: Canadian Firefighter Combat Challenge , Firefighter Combat Challenge, OnTarget Drag man, & FireFit and their associated logoís
The Challenge may only be performed by medically cleared fire/rescue personnel, since these tasks, like firefighting, require near maximal effort. All competitors must sign a waiver and release form prior to competition.
An acceptable time is 5:00 minutes and an excellent time is 3:00 minutes or less. The team time consists of the top three competitor times from each team. The 3 top placing teams from each Regional Event earn bye's into the final day of the Canadian National Championships.
Teams with a time of 9:00 minutes or less qualify for advancement to the Canadian National Championship and compete on the 'Wild Card Day' for 10 to 12 spots on final day.