Drumheller's fittest firefighters were on display this past weekend at the Scott's FireFit Nationals/World competition in Spruce Meadows.
Six locals competed and from the sounds of it, they made Drumheller proud.
"Everyone did the wildcard race from Wednesday to Friday to qualify for the runs on Saturday/Sunday. Mitch and Kyle Smith both ran a one minute and forty-four second run which was ourfastest times for Drumheller," explained Drumheller Deputy Fire Cheif and FireFit competitor, Duane Bolin. "We ended up receiving a silver medal for the top volunteer Fire Department at Nationals."
The first National FireFit was held in August of 1994 at the Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver and has been running strong in every province since then.
"This year they had a little bit of a twist on it. They had a couple of world competitors in there. They had a couple of participants from Germany, some from Great Britain, and The United States there as well. So there was a little bit of world flavor to this year's Nationals as well," continued Bolin.
While the team is coming off this year's victorious event, they are already looking to prepare for next year's.
"We usually still try to keep our training program going on through the winter, doing similar cardio work and weight training. Got to keep running stairs to keep the legs ready," informed Bolin.
Among this year's participants were:
Kyle Smith: 1:44 sec
Mitch Smith: 1:44 sec
Merv Smith: 2:20 sec
Duane Bolin: 2:00 sec
Ken Vereschagen: 3:31 sec
Darby Page: team relay
Volunteer Individual Times: Silver
Over 50 X3 - Duane Bolin and Merv Smith: Silver