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Corner Brook firefighters claim second in relay at Firefit Championships

Craig Harnum is seen here shooting a hose line at a target during the tandem event in the Over-50 age bracket. They won gold in this event
Craig Harnum is seen here shooting a hose line at a target during the tandem event in the Over-50 age bracket. They won gold in this event

A five-member team from the Corner Brook Fire Department won silver in the relay event at the 2017 Scott Firefit Newfoundland Championships.

It finished fourth overall at the competition, held this past weekend at the Robert French Memorial Stadium in Conception Bay South.

The Corner Brook entry, with Chief Craig Harnum leading the charge, included Wayne George and Alex Hillier, who competed last year, and newcomers Alex Way and Matthew Boudreau.

Corner Brook firefighter Wayne George descends the tower during the Over-50 tandem event at the 2017 Scott Firefit Championships.

“We were actually on pace to be second, maybe first and we had a slip with the dummy, which costs us some valuable time,” Harnum said. “We ended up finishing in fourth, but we were an easy second so we’ll take that one on the chin.”

The event is a competition based on six firefighting tasks commonly performed in emergency situations.

Firefighters had to complete five fireground tasks — tower climb, hose pull, ventilation simulator, hose drag and dummy/rescue drag.
Harnum was pretty upbeat about the team’s performance while driving back from CBS Monday afternoon. He put a team together last year that included George and Hillier, who went to a Firefit in Prince Edward Island and the national Firefit event last summer, but was happy to have two new firefighters get involved this year. That was also a relief for the team because the top three individual times makes up the team’s final clocking.

“When you only got three if a guy slips and falls well then you’re in trouble,” he said.

On an individual basis, George and Harnum shared the spotlight with an event that featured 12 teams and 68 firefighters trying to claim bragging rights.

The Corner Brook Fire Department won silver in the relay event at the 2017 Scott Firefit Newfoundland Regional Championships held this past weekend in Conception Bay South. Team members include, from left: Alex Hillier, Wayne George, Matthew Boudreau, Craig Harnum and Alex Way.

Harnum won gold in the Over-50 age bracket and gold in the chiefs category, while George nabbed top honours in the Over-55 age group and combined forces with Harnum to claim gold in the Over-50 tandem event.
 

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