Fit to fight fires

Shauna Bjorklund sprays a target with a fire hose during the Scott Fire-fit Regional Competition at Westerner Park on Friday.

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Shauna Bjorklund sprays a target with a fire hose during the Scott Fire-fit Regional Competition at Westerner Park on Friday. The event pitted 19 teams against each other in a relay based on firefighting tasks commonly performed in emergency situations. These included running hose up a tower and then hoisting more hose up by rope, hammering a forcible entry machine’s weight, running a zigzag course, advancing with a charged hose before spraying a target and pulling a weighted dummy to simulate a victim rescue. The challenge was won by Can Pro with a time of 1:09:91, followed by Firemaster, which clocked in at 1:13:28. The event continues this weekend with the individual competition today and the team competition on Sunday, where volunteer and professional firefighters will vie for the chance to go to the Firefit national championships Sept. 3 to 6 in Gaspé, Que.