Firefighter Challenge: Can you handle the heat?

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The "Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge" held its 2013 regional competition at Contraband Days in Lake Charles May 10 and 11.

Local, state, national and international firefighters participated in the competition.

The challenge encourages fitness and demonstrates to the public the challenges firefighters have when on the job.

Firefighters raced the clock through a series of strenuous tasks.

"The most challenging part about it is going up the stairs," Lake Charles Fire Department firefighter Andrew Lee said about running up flights of stairs carrying a bundled up fire hose.

"The most challenging part is always the end for the girls.. the dummy drag," Denise Townshend with the Canadian Forces Base Petawawa said. "It's a very demanding job and we all have to stay in shape, do our part to stay in shape and be the strongest that we can."

It's a challenge that shows just how important communication is while on the job.

"It's a job that is definitely teamwork. There's nothing individual in the job," Rodney Duhon with LCFD said.

And make friends along the way.

"It's a great way for firefighters to come out and form some camaraderie and get together and show everybody what we have," Townshend said.

The firefighters are competing for a spot at the national championship in Atlanta, Ga.. and compete for a chance at the world competition in Las Vegas, NV.

For more sights and sounds on the Firefighter Challenge, check out the attached video from 7News at 6.

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