Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- Up to 300 firefighters from West Virginia and surrounding states are coming to Charleston this fall for what event organizer Paul Davis calls two minutes of hell, wearing 50 pounds of gear.
The former firefighter in Montgomery County, MD., who created the event 18 years ago says the 2009 Charleston Firefighter Combat Challenge requires competitors to complete an obstacle course in a race against the clock.
Firefighters must climb a five-story building wearing fire suits and air packs, haul a 42-pound hose and drive a steam beam 5 feet down using a 9-pound mallet.
They also have to carry a 175-pound mannequin 100 feet.
Firefighters with the best times may qualify for national and world competitions.
The event is set for Sept. 11-12.
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