MI’s SERT Centre to host Firefit competition
by Stephanie Barrett
Firefit participants competing in the hose hoist portion of the Firefit Race. (Photo Submitted)
Some of the fittest, fastest and strongest firefighters will converge on the Safety and Emergency Response Training (SERT) Centre in Stephenville on July 21 for the 2007 Canadian Firefit Regional Championship. The competition is based on firefighting tasks commonly performed in emergency situations and caters to many competitors from seasoned veterans to first-time rookies. The event will serve as a regional qualifying event for the national championship later this year.
Firefit has specialized in presenting this flag ship event since 1994. The competition is recognized by Departments not only in Canada but world wide and this year the SERT Centre, located on this province’s west coast, will get the opportunity to showcase their modern facilities and equipment.
“This is actually the third year the competition has been held at the SERT Centre,” said manager Craig Harnum. “The guys at Firefit were so impressed after the first event we hosted that they asked us to sign a five year contract to host.”
The competition is centered on the five major tasks in firefighting: the stair climb; hose hoist; running; forcible entry and victim rescue.
“This competition is very demanding. It is the Olympics of firefighting,” said Mr. Harnum. “It is a true test of ability, skill and endurance.”
The event will kick off on Friday night with a corporate relay race. For a minimum donation of $20, businesses can participate in the relay and run the course for fun. All monies collected will be donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Society.
The popularity of the FireFit Competition has grown and grown over the years and visits every province in Canada. With the popularity of our one-hour championship finals show, aired on national broadcasters TSN, OLN and RDS, Firefit has become known not only in Canada but worldwide. Competitors come from every province and territory in Canada as well as the United States, New Zealand, and England.
The event is expected to draw between 65 and 70 participants from across eastern Canada.
The SERT Centre operates as a satellite campus of the Marine Institute’s Offshore Safety and Survival Centre in cooperation with the Stephenville Airport Corporation.
For more information on the competition go to www.firefit.com.