Firefighters competing in combat challenge in Lexington

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Firefighters from all over are competing in Lexington this weekend.

It was a tough day putting their skills to the test for dozens of firefighters, however it was all for fun and a little bit of friendly competition.

"Everything we do here we do on the job, running up stairs with a high rise pack for a high rise fire, kiser simulates opening roof with an ax, dragging a patient out," explained John Barnott.

Those are just some of the tasks more than 60 firefighters completed while making their way through the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge.

"It just shows their dedication and training that they go thoroughg Doing stuff like this prepares them to go home at the end of their shift and be safe," said Ronnie Day, director of the Kentucky Fire Commission.

Bringing in firefighters from throughout the country and even Canada, working to qualify for the world championship...which two from the hometown Lexington team accomplished.

"We are competitive, it is just in our nature. Most of us played sports and it takes us back to our youth," said Barnott.

While the competitiveness is a big draw, organizers say it is the camaraderie and atmosphere that makes this event special

"It is like a big family reunion for the fire service, you see all the tents set up people watching, little ones running around and that is what the fire service is all about," said Day.

The event continues on Sunday at the Lexington Green Hilton with the team competition and it is open to the public.