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Medals for local firefighters at Firefit




by Mikaela Kuefler received second with his time of 3:55:50. two man open relay received fourth place, just
Their two mixed teams with Jaclyn Bergeson three seconds behind from winning bronze.
The Town of Edson Fire Department hosted its and Ryan Rupert received second place with a Edson hosts the event every two years. "We
fourth Firefit competition at Griffiths Park on time of 3:06:12. In third place was Steve Bethage started in 2011 on our centennial year and our
May 27 and 28. and Shannon Lapierre with a time of 3:36:46. intent is to host in 2019. We're basically a stop on
"It was awesome and was quite well attended Whitworth and Woodhouse received second the national circuit now and it's an established
by the public. We had extremely high caliber place in the over 50 relay with a time of 2:31:36. competition that the big dogs are coming to on a
races and a lot of good local competitors even Edson's open men's relay team got fifth. The regular basis. That's huge for us," said Robinson.
though we only had 38 competitors, which is
lower than normal," said Fire Deputy Tyler
Robinson.
Some of the top competitors from Western
Canada competed, including Fort McMurray,
Edmonton, and Calgary. Fort McMurray are the
current national champions and Edmonton were
the champions last year. This year, Edson had
three relay teams with newcomers competing
from Drayton Valley.
"It's nice that larger cities in the province come
out to support our event," said Robinson.
During the competition, firefighters have to
wear about 45 lbs of weight with the breathing
apparatus and the gear. They have to carry
another 45 lbs high rise pack up six flights of
stairs. When they reach the top, they have to
hoist 45 lbs of hose tied to a rope to the top of
the tower. When that is completed, they come
downstairs, hitting every step on the way down
to get on the force machine simulator, which
requires them to generate 500 lbs of force by Edson Fire Chief Al Schram delivers his speech during the Town of Edson's Fire Department's
pounding a shop mallet on a hydraulic weight. fourth Firefit competition at Griffiths Park on May 27 and 28. photo Mikaela Kuefler
They then move on to a 140 ft run between fire
hydrants to pick up a charged firehose and drag it
75 ft. The drag weight of the hose is 250 lbs as
they hit the target with hose water. Their final
task is to pick up Rescue Randy who is 175 lbs
and drag him backwards 100 ft.
This year's winner was Fraser O'Neil with Fort
McMurray who ran with a time of 1:17:84. Fort
McMurray also won the men's category. "That so
far is the second fastest time of the year. It was
certainly the fastest time in Edson," said
Robinson.
Edson did well, winning six medals in different
categories. In the individual competitions, Ian
Carroll competed in the over 45 category to win
first place and to win third place in the volunteer
category with a time of 1:49:87. In the over 55
category, Bruce Whitworth received first place
with a time of 3:49:03 and Duane Woodhouse









Bruce Whitworth and Duane Woodhouse carry Rescue Randy who is 175 lbs and drag him
backwards 100 ft. during the Town of Edson's Fire Department's fourth Firefit competition at
Griffiths Park on May 27 and 28. photo Mikaela Kuefler
















249- Bruce Whitworth gets on the force machine simulator,
which requires him to generate 500 lbs of force by pounding
a shop mallet on a hydraulic weight during the Town of
Edson's Fire Department's fourth Firefit competition at
Griffiths Park on May 27 and 28. photo Mikaela Kuefler






A Firefit participant in the women's category
sprays the hose to hit the target during Town of
Edson's Fire Department's fourth Firefit Bruce Whitworth and Duane Woodhouse hoist a 45 lbs hose up to the top of the tower during
competition at Griffiths Park on May 27 and the Town of Edson's Fire Department's fourth Firefit competition at Griffiths Park on May 27 and
28. photo Mikaela Kuefler 28. photo Mikaela Kuefler
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