NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The 25th anniversary of the world famous Scott Firefighter Challenge makes its first stop in North Little Rock. The challenge brings in firefighters from across the United States.
Fully dressed in firefighter gear, the competitors will start by climbing five flights of stairs while carrying a 42-pound weight. Then, you pull a 42-pound weight by rope to the top of the stairs and go back down the stairs to drive a 160-pound beam back 5 feet with a 9-pound hammer.
Next, you run through an obstacle course to a fully charged water hose that you drag 75 feet to shoot a target. The last stop is dragging a 165-pound dummy 160 feet to the finish line and by the end, you'll be exhausted.
This course is giving insight into what firefighters went through in 9/11 and what they go through in everyday life. Something sponsors in the community said they're happy to help with.
Camper Jack with RV world said, “It's important of how they operate and you get a feeling of what they have to do."
One competitor is Conway Fire Department firefighter Jay Maddox. He's been training and has attended the event for the last three years.
"There will be people from all over the United State this weekend," he said. "I want to run below 1:40."
Maddox's time as well as other competitors will obviously best mine by a country mile, but for some it's just about making firefighters feel welcome.
Wallace Reed with Reliable Fire Protection said, "They watch after our system and things of that nature and we just like to be part of the community."
The event is free for the public to watch. It's happening on Friday and Saturday and there will also be a kids course available, as well as food vendors and sponsor tables.