Summer Winds will be a proud sponsor of this summer’s Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge at the Branson Landing. The event will begin at 10 a.m. on May 6 and last through 10 p.m. the next day. The Branson Firefighters Association, Branson Landing, and Branson Conventions and Visitors Bureau, along with sponsors such as Summer Winds Resort Services, partnered together to make this weekend of firefighting-themed events and competitions possible.
“Summer Winds is honored to be a sponsor for Branson’s Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge this year,” Patrick Joyce, president of Summer Winds Resort Services, said. “We have the utmost respect for the men and women who serve as first responders and we are more than happy to help in any way possible.”
Beginning Friday, May 6, there will be a safety and vendor fair that will last until the end of the day on May 7. There will also be individual and team competitions later in the day that Friday. Saturday, May 7, will feature a fire truck parade at 10 a.m., and relay and tandem competitions in the afternoon. Corporate and community challenges will be held both days of the event along with a competition for children ages four to 11.
Branson is just one of many locations to host a Firefighter Combat Challenge around the world. The challenge seeks to encourage and display firefighter fitness to those watching. Participants in the competition will be suited in full firefighter gear and the Scott 5.5 Air-Pak breathing apparatus as they race through five tasks regular firefighters would endure while on the job. Those tasks include climbing a five-story tower, hoisting and chopping objects, dragging hoses and rescuing a life-sized, 175 pound “victim.”
“It’s a very big honor to be selected by Scott Safety to host this event here in Branson,” Don Gregory, a firefighter with the Branson Fire Department and public information coordinator for the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge, said. “Branson has a wonderful community atmosphere and it’s an honor for the Branson Fire Department and the Branson Firefighters Association to be able to bring this event to the community and to the visitors of Branson.”
The event will conclude Saturday night at 8 p.m. in front of the Branson Landing Fountains with a concert from “Resurrection – A Journey Tribute.” The popular tribute band will be making a stop along their tour at the Landing, and will close out the Firefighter Combat Challenge weekend with their own rendition of Journey classics.
Branson’s first ever Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge is free for the public to watch, and charges an entry fee in order to compete in the competition. Proceeds will benefit the Branson Firefighters Association and Local 152 International Firefighters. For more information regarding the event, visit FirefighterChallenge.com.
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