Fire Attack Challenge Requires Speed and Strength

1 decade 2 years 16 hours ago Sunday, September 17 2006 Sep 17, 2006 Sunday, September 17, 2006 10:45:46 PM CDT September 17, 2006 in Sports

Looks easy enough, right?

"The hose itself is challenging for people."

MU students learned this weekend how challenging it is to fight fires. Requiring speed and strength, it's not uncommon for former athletes to fight fires.

"I played four years at Missouri Valley College. I was an offensive lineman, so I kind of knew what it was like to keep going non-stop in the heat. Trying to do the best you can," said firefighter Dennis Rohr.

You think it takes an athlete to get through two-a-days in the August heat? Try carrying a 165-pound body up a flight of stairs while wearing 45 pounds of gear. That's 25 more than a football player.

The local firefighter union gave all comers a chance to display their speed and strength this weekend in a timed obstacle course.

Cara Weekley and her friends took the challenge. She was well prepared for the grueling test and not only because she's a former cheerleader and track athlete.

"I'm sure it's really taxing. My dad is actually a firefighter and when he comes home from a call he's exhausted after carrying the heavy equipment around, and I just remember him being really tired. So I'm sure after this small challenge, I will be exhausted," she said.

Truer words were never spoken. Cara crawled, hauled, banged, hosed, dragged and collapsed in exhaustion.

"I'm really tired, hot, and sweaty. It was really, really hard," she added.

At this weekend's fire attack challenge, the team with the fastest time through the course won $500. Fastest individual male and female times won $250.

If you think you've got the speed and strength, Missouri's finest firefighters could use your hand.

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