October 5th-7th: Brookshire’s 2017 Firefighter National Combat Challenge to Feature #88 NASCAR


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This year Tyler will once again host the Brookshire’s Scott’s 2017 Firefighter National Combat Challenge, a competition that pits firefighters against one another racing a course designed to simulate some of the day-to-day obstacles firefighters face.

The event is free to spectators and will take place October, 5-7, 2017. All activities will be located in the parking lot of Broadway Square Mall, 4601 S. Broadway Avenue near Sears.

For the first time, the event will feature the No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS show car, a replica of Dale Earnhardt,  Jr’s car. The car will be on display during Saturday’s competition only on October 7.

Attendees will be able to take a photo with the car as well as ride in the race simulator. Nationwide will also be giving away a signed Dale Jr. Helmet. Registration for the helmet can only be made at the event.

“We are celebrating our 40th Anniversary of helping the people and businesses of East Texas,” Criss Sudduth, President of Ark Assurance Group said. “So when we had the opportunity to get Nationwide to send the #88 Chevrolet Show Car to Tyler, we jumped on it! It’s our way of saying ‘thank you’ to the community for supporting us.”

This is the 11th year Tyler has hosted the Brookshire’s Firefighter Combat Challenge, and it’s expected to bring in an estimated 300 competitors and even more spectators.

“The Combat Challenge is a unique competition between firefighters from all over the state,” Tyler Fire Chief David Coble said. “They compete against each other doing the things they do in their job, skills that are the craft of our profession. At the end of the day, the fastest time wins.”

Be part of the action as a volunteer! Each shift is two hours, and there are several shifts to choose from. Interested volunteers can easily sign up here: http://signup.com/go/njCeFWL.

The schedule for each day is:

Thursday, October 5th
Noon – Competitor Check-in
2pm – Opening Ceremonies followed by Individual and Team Competition

Friday, October 6th
Noon – Competitor Check-in
2pm – Opening Ceremonies followed by Individual and Team Competition

Saturday, October 7th
10am – Opening Ceremonies followed by Relay Elimination

The Challenge has its roots in a university-based research study funded by the U.S. Fire Administration. When Dr. Davis was a faculty member at the University of Maryland, he and his colleagues were approached by members of the fire service with a mandate to design a test that could be used to identify potential applicants.

It took a year of research and analysis to design a criterion task test; ultimately, that physical ability test evolved to become “the engine” of the Challenge. The resulting five tasks that comprise the Challenge are highly reminiscent of actual fire-scene activities. They are the high-rise hose drag, the hose hoist, the forcible entry, the hose advance, and victim rescue.

Top sponsors for this event include Brookshire Grocery Company, ETMC, Ark Assurance Group, CBS 19, Delek Refining, Ltd., and The Waterpark at the Villages.

Those interested in signing up a corporate team, sponsoring the event, or volunteering can contact Cindy Smoak at csmoak@tylertexas.com.

For more info about the Brookshire’s Firefighter Combat Challenge find the event on Facebook.

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