Firefighters take part in the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge in Hawarden, Iowa.
HAWARDEN, Iowa (KTIV) -
The heat is on in Hawarden, Iowa as firefighters from all over the nation battle it out in the streets.
It's part of the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge. This two-day challenge simulates what firefighters do in real life.
As part of the competition, firefighters carry 45 pounds of hose up six flights of stairs, hoist 45 pounds of hose on rope, drag water filled hose 75 feet, and carry a 165 pound mannequin 100 feet, backwards.
"We get to showcase our talents to our cities and still compete with other departments," said Payne Allen, Hawarden Fire and Rescue Captain.
More than 40 firefighters from 12 states competed. Those that meet the time and criteria for each challenge will qualify for the World Combat Challenge in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Currently, the Hawarden fire department holds the state record for a relay team, a record they set back in 2009.
This big challenge was just one of the many events being held in Hawarden as part of its Big Sioux River Days to celebrate its 125th Anniversary.