by Paul Davis
Thursday, October 13, 2016
|House Burning, circa 1967|
It’s hard to believe that the majority of our Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge competitors hadn’t been born when my colleagues and I conducted and published our ground-breaking fire service occupational physiology research in 1976. The Sports Medicine Center of the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health provided the facilities and support for the study and was one of the first recipients of federal funding that would ultimately become the FEMA Grant Program. In fact, our research study and the University of Maryland provided the incubator for the Firefighter Combat Challenge and the Maryland Fire Rescue Institute was the very first host of the Challenge in 1991.
|4th Alarm, Working Ladder Pipe, circa 1973|
With extraordinary vision, Scott Safety joined the Challenge in 1994, claiming “title” in 1997. There are no words that can adequately express our and the Challenge family’s genuine appreciation for their incredible support. As the undisputed leader within the fire/rescue industry – and a tireless supporter of corporate responsibility and public safety – there is not another company on the face of the earth that has so heavily invested in firefighter fitness and safety. Thank you Scott Safety!
Vital to our success throughout the years – this “Challenge with a Purpose” has proven that the proverbial “rising tide” lifts all boats – a visible presence throughout the country that reminds our competitors, our customers and the public we protect that “We’re in the Life and Death Business” and cannot be satisfied with the status quo.
To our hosts – It’s like “Homecoming Week” to be back in Montgomery, Alabama. No host has ever been better prepared or exuded “Southern Hospitality” like Montgomery. To Mayor Todd Strange, Fire Chief Milford Jordan, District Chief Russ Collier and every member of Montgomery Fire/Rescue, we say a heartfelt “Thank You!”
|Human Performance Laboratory • University of Maryland circa 1974|
Finally – When reflecting upon the amazing culture that has become the Scott Firefighter Challenge over these past 25 years, it has been an incredible experience. Thank you all! I’m so glad that I didn’t miss the opportunity! And, here’s to the next 25!