Combat Challenge

The Combat Challenge Team for the Niagara Falls Fire Department was first established in 1999. Since its inception, several firefighters from both the full-time and volunteer ranks have participated as team members in various challenges in both Canada and the United States. The Challenges encourage firefighter fitness and demonstrate the profession’s rigour to the public. Wearing full gear, competitors race head to head performing a series of tasks including tower climbing, hoisting, chopping, hose dragging and rescuing a weighted life-sized victim.

Fireman pulling hose in competition

Our competitive team has been very successful in several categories of the competitions which are broken down as follows:

  • Individual
  • Over 40 (with several top 10 finishes at world finals)
  • Over 50
  • Chief (with several top 5 finishes at world finals)
  • Team (with several top 10 finishes at Canadian Nationals)
  • Relay (with several top 10 finishes at Canadian Nationals)
  • Over 40 Relay (3rd place at world finals)
  • Tandem

In 2010, the Niagara Falls Combat Team attended the World Combat Challenge in South Carolina with successful results.