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Firefighters on Team Horry rank 5th in the world in challenge

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Horry County Fire Rescue has some of the best firefighters challenge teams in the world. A new worldwide ranking proves that Horry County firefighters are ready to take on any lifesaving task.

Members with the Horry County Fire Rescue Combat Challenge Team competed in the Annual World Firefighter Combat Challenge in Montgomery, Alabama, where coverage of the event was broadcasted on ESPN3.

The group known as Team Horry placed 5th in the worldwide competition.

"When we go up against those across the world, like Europe, they are national teams,  so they are actually made up of the best in their country," said HCFR Captain Mike Medeiros, Team Leader for Team Horry.

The competition was held October 19-24. 100 relay teams were in attendance, and 64 teams were in the final bracket, including Team Horry.

The group secured their place in the finals.

Medeiros says the Team Horry travel to competitions throughout the year, mostly on their own time to represent Horry County.  The team is also in constant training, they have a vigorous workout regimen and diet, that can prepare them to perform at competition level.

The competitions challenge the firefighters at every capacity, in strength, endurance, team building and agility.  The task performed for the competition are difficult and must be completed in seconds.

Medeiros said, "There are five different tasks that are involved. You are in full gear, you are wearing all of the same equipment you would be wearing if you were at a fire scene. In some of the challenges you must grab a high rise pack and go up a town that is five stories tall."

The competition is not just about bragging rights, in fact, Medeiros says since there are firefighters from all over the world and nation, they are to connect with and in some cases learn new techniques that will help the department when on the front lines at home.

Team Horry is about building team work, and it also better prepares firefighters to handle emergency situations.  The recognition puts Horry County on the map, one reason why the Team Horry Combat Challenge Team was formed more than 10 years ago.

The team is made up of the following members:

  • Captain Michael Medeiros/ Team Leader
  • Captain David Howell
  • Lt. Kenneth Norton/
  • Josh McCarthy/ Firefighter & Paramedic
  • Michael Mabe/ Firefighter

14 different countries were represented and teams from the U.S. consisted of county and city fire departments.

"Throughout the whole entire world the ones that are representing are the winners, the top teams in the country and the world, so to be 5th in that 64 team bracket tournament was quite the accomplishment for us," said Medeiros.

To see the competition click here.

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