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Firefighters take part in 'grueling' FireFit competition on P.E.I.

About 200 firefighters from across the Atlantic region are in Summerside, P.E.I., this weekend competing in the qualifier for the national FireFit competition.

'They go through a grueling test. It's going to be a tough competition for them.'

A firefighter competes in the Southern Prairie Regional FireFit qualifier. (FireFit Championships/Facebook)

About 200 firefighters from across the Atlantic region are in Summerside, P.E.I., this weekend competing in the qualifier for the national FireFit competition.

It's a series of challenges that puts already fit firefighters through intense physical competitions. 

'It helps their skills,' says Summerside fire chief Jim Peters. (FireFit Championships/Facebook)

The challenges are based on fire fighting tasks commonly performed in emergency situations. 

'A grueling test'

A lot of training is required to get ready for a competition like this, according to Jim Peters, the chief of the Summerside Fire Department.  

"They go through a grueling test," said Peters. "They are hauling hose, running water, evacuating a victim from a scene and it also includes climbing a tower. We have competitors coming from Ontario-east."

Firefighters take on real-world challenges. (Dirk Delaney/FireFit Championships/Facebook)

Peters noted that as a fire chief he sees first hand the benefits to a department of having fire fighters who have been training for this.

Shooting for the nationals

The competition is taking place at Credit Union Place and wraps up on Sunday afternoon.

Part of the competition involves climbing a tower dressed in full gear. (Sunnie Huang/CBC)

The public is welcome to attend although a small admission is charged.

The winners will move on to the national FireFit Championships.

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