‘Combat Challenge’ tests firefighters’ skill, fitness

EVERETT — Dozens of firefighters are expected in Everett this weekend to show off their skills and compete in firefighting-related fitness challenges.

The “Firefighter Combat Challenge,” a traveling national event, is scheduled at the Everett marina Friday and Saturday.

Firefighters from Everett and around Snohomish County plan to compete.

“This is the premier firefighter competition in North America,” said Eric Studerus, an Everett firefighter and paramedic.

The competition includes an obstacle course involving running, climbing, hoisting and chopping. Some call it the “toughest two minutes in sports,” he said.

A children’s obstacle course also is planned.

“They get to put on a little firefighter jacket and a helmet and do a kid-sized version of the same thing,” Studerus said. “The whole thing is totally free.”

The events begin about 2 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday at 1205 Craftsman Way. There will be antique and modern fire vehicles on display, including the department’s new heavy-rescue rig. There also will be bouncy houses, including one shaped like a fire station, and a trailer with a fake smoke machine where people and kids can practice escaping from a fire.

For more information, go to http://everett firefighters.org/.

Rikki King: 425-339-3449; rking@heraldnet.com.

More in Local News

Departing mayor’s locally drawn portrait joins city’s pantheon

Artist Elizabeth Person’s portrait of Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson will hang with others at City Hall.

Inslee proposes tapping reserves, carbon tax in budget plan

The proposal also includes money for the mental health system and efforts to fight opioid addiction.

One dead in crash south of Granite Falls

Two cars collided near the intersection of N. Lake Roesiger Road and Hidden Valley Road.

2 women struck, injured while crossing busy roads

The first happened Wednesday night in Everett. The second was Thursday morning in Edmonds.

Lynnwood robbery leads to lockdown at Edmonds schools

Edmonds police said it was just a precaution as they search around Edmonds-Woodway High School.

Marysville 7-Eleven hit by armed robbers

Officers set up a perimeter and brought in a police dog, but the man couldn’t be found.

Snohomish man, 63, missing from home since Monday

He left without his keys, wallet and phone, saying something about going to “the river.”

Counties fed up with unfunded mandates may sue the state

For example, no money has been provided to install, maintain and clear out required ballot boxes.

Pain lingers decade after recession

No matter how good things are now, it’s impossible to forget how the collapse affected people.

Most Read