- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 11, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Firefighters from across the country will be in Kentucky this weekend for strength and skills competitions.

The Firefighter Combat Challenge simulates real-life firefighting with races and other tasks, including climbing a five-story tower and rescuing a 175-pound victim. Firefighters will be wearing their full gear and breathing equipment during the competition.

The event at the Hilton Suites in Lexington is sponsored by the Kentucky Fire Commission. It begins Saturday. More than 250 competitors have signed up for the two-day challenge.

Kentucky Fire Commission Executive Director Ronnie Day says the events will give the public a chance to see the physical demands of the job.



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