Fleming College Fire Combat Team Competing At National FireFit Championships

UPDATE: September 12th, 2017

-> The Fleming team won gold for the second year in a row for Top School overall.
 
-> The team also won a silver in the Relay event. The Relay members included:
Eric Fergonas
Danny Grant
Nathan Vanderpoel
Lucas Manders

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ORIGINAL POST

A team from Fleming College is taking on the “toughest two minutes in sport” September 6th to 10th, competing in the Canadian National FireFit Championships in Ottawa.

Fleming’s Fire Combat Team consists of 10 male and female Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training students, along with faculty coach Shawna Coulter. Another four Fleming alumni are competing with their respective fire departments.

2016 photo courtesy Fleming College

2016 photo courtesy Fleming College

"Participation in this sport not only fosters a solid commitment to a very high level of firefighter fitness but also encourages our team members to approach any challenge with a newfound belief in their own capabilities,” says Coulter. 

“Training and competing at this level requires as much mental strength as it does physical, directly influencing career readiness and success rates of our past members in securing and excelling in firefighter careers.” 

2016 photo courtesy Fleming College

2016 photo courtesy Fleming College

The Fleming team is hoping to build on a winning record: In 2016, they won a gold medal in the relay race as well as a silver in the co-ed two-person relay. In addition, the team had the second fastest rookie competitor in all of Canada.

2016 photo courtesy Fleming College

2016 photo courtesy Fleming College

The FireFit Championships is a competition based on firefighting tasks commonly performed in emergency situations. A course comprised of six gruelling physical tasks tests the strength, endurance and overall fitness levels of firefighters.

Competition categories are available for men and women, offering both individual and team relay competitions.

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