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FireFit event held in B.C.

Results from the first Canadian FireFit event of 2019 have been announced. The event was held May 11 and 12 in Courtenay, B.C.

Click here to view the results.

Ten competitions are scheduled throughout the summer across Canada, culminating with the World FireFit and Canadian National Championships in Oshawa, Ont., from Sept. 11 to 15.

More than 1,500 firefighters are expected to compete in individual, team and relay events at locations across Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia, Alberta and Nova Scotia.

Competitors range from rookies to seasoned veterans. Events in the competition are demanding and replicate the tasks a firefighter might perform in an emergency situation.

Events at the competitions include stair climbs, hose hoists, forcible entries, runs, hose advances and victim rescue scenarios. Depending on the event, individuals and teams complete a variety of tasks.

The first Canadian National FireFit competition was held in Vancouver in September 1994 and ran for 15 days. Approximately 50,000 spectators watched the event.

Since then, the popularity of the competition has grown and FireFit has become known not only in Canada but worldwide and competitors now come from every province and territory in Canada as well as the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, England and the Middle East. Broadcasts are aired on TSN, OLN and RDS.

Click here to see the schedule of 2019 events.