The Helena-West Helena Fire Department is trying something new and innovative to include as part of its regular training program – the Fireman’s Challenge.  This past Saturday eight firefighters participated in an agility course competition. The setting for the event was the Helena-West Helena Central High School campus.

 

The Helena-West Helena Fire Department is trying something new and innovative to include as part of its regular training program – the Fireman’s Challenge.  This past Saturday eight firefighters participated in an agility course competition. The setting for the event was the Helena-West Helena Central High School campus.
The challenge started at the base of the visitor’s bleachers at Cad Polk Stadium. Participants were required to climb to the top of the bleachers twice, stopping to hoist a hose to the top of those bleachers. After completing the bleachers, each fighter crossed the football field to the stadium parking lot where they carried a charged hose line about 100 feet and opened the nozzle to knock down a cone about 50 feet away. From there they proceeded to the stairs leading to the administration building on the hill carrying a high rise pack up and down the flight of stairs.
Following the stairs it was on to the chopping block, where they gave a plastic cone 56 whacks with their ax. The participants then dragged a weighted dummy to the finish line.  Penalties of five-second increments were assessed for not touching each step while ascending and descending the bleachers. Other penalties were assessed for not properly completing each assignment.
The firefighter posting the fastest time received a trophy. This year’s recipient was Justin Clark.
This year’s participants included Clark, Zach Williams, Capt. Pervis Watson, Lt. Brad Hartsfield, Derrick Fluker, Dameon Starks, Chris Manning and Demarcus Borum.
Battalion Chief Roderick Brown, Capt. Brad Thomas and Lt. Kevin Stackhouse served as judges.
“We are planning to make this an annual event,” stated Brown. “Perhaps, we will eventually expand it to become regional. In any event, we plan to make it a regular part of this fire department’s training regiment.”