SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --
Sheppard teams competed for the championship title during the Sheppard Fire
Fighter Challenge, Sept. 14, 2016.
part of Fire Prevention Week, the 82nd Training Wing’s Fire Department holds
the Sheppard Firefighter Challenge to emphasize the importance of fire
prevention. The competition fired up with the 82nd Medical Group and the 82nd
Security Forces Squadron competing in a timed match of endurance and willpower.
tested their strength with the buddy carry, dragging a 175-pound mannequin;
their momentum with the Keiser Force Machine, simulating a chopping-action by driving
a 160-pound sled with a sledge hammer; their accuracy with the water polo, discharging
a water hose at a weighted object to push it to across the line; their teamwork
with a target elimination, rotating between players to knock down cones with a
fire hose; and lastly their speed with the bucket brigade, transporting water
to an empty oil drum.
challenges were nothing short of a catalyst for an accelerated struggle for
survival. Each team won a match pushing them into overtime. On the third round,
the 82nd MDG and 82nd SFS were head-to-head in an explosive effort to
extinguish the competition and take home the title.
was a close match, but on the last challenge, the 82nd MDG team expertly
quenched the bucket brigade challenge, putting them in first place by just a
want to thank everyone for coming out today,” said David Mounsey, 82nd Civil
Engineer Squadron fire chief. “Every year we hold this competition during, fire
prevention week. Fire prevention is important all year long, but once a year we
emphasize its importance during this week.”
the Sheppard fire department will have yet another opportunity to advocate for
fire prevention, and showcase the capabilities of the 82nd Training Wing by
competing in the worldwide Firefighter Combat Challenge in Montgomery, Alabama,
Oct. 24-29, 2016.
competition involves challenges similar to those we face in our job, but at a
faster pace,” said Mounsey. “You've really got to be at the top of your game to
compete. It requires you to be physically fit and these guys have been
preparing themselves for months.”