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Firefighters battle in combat challenge

ALTUS, Okla._Firefighters from 5 states showed off their lifesaving skills this afternoon in Altus.

Fourteen teams mimicked a 5 task relay made up of scenarios they would actually face in the field. This is the first time the Scott Safety Firefighter Combat Challenge has been held in Altus since 2008.

Firefighters race against the clock set for just one hundred twenty seconds.

They complete wearing full bunker gear climbing a 5 story tower, dragging hoses, and rescuing a life sized one hundred seventy five pound "victim".

"We finished first in the relay. First in the over forty. Second in the over forty and second in the overall event," said Rogers.

Altus Assistant Fire Chief Jimmy Rogers says he is proud of how his firefighters represented the department.

"We ended up having nineteen firefighters compete from a department of thirty two people last night and then 6 of those guys ran again today," said Rogers.

Rogers says when they found out that Scott Safety wanted to hold a regional event in Altus they jumped at the chance.

"They contacted us on short notice they had an opening in the schedule and we had such a successful event before they wanted to bring it back to this region so they contacted us and we were able to make it happen," said Rogers.

Kids from the area also got in on the fun with a little help from the firefighters as part of the Kid's Firefighter Challenge.

Relay team Dr. Pepper from Altus will head to the next regional event in Arlington, Texas at the end of august to compete.

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