The Altus Firefighters Team Dr. Pepper brought home the hardware in the Firefighter Combat Challenge World Championships, from Nov. 9 to 13 in Las Vegas.
Teams were entered in two categories. The first team entered the Over-40 Relay division. Altus turned in the fastest run time and earned the No. 1 in the preliminary. The tournament bracket was reduced to eight teams going into the finals on Friday night. The Altus team won their first competition, taking them to the final four.
The final four consisted of three Canadian teams along with Altus. Altus prevailed, winning the race to take them to the finals against the Canadian National Champions from Brampton, Canada.
Brampton was defeated and the trophy for the Worlds Firefighter Combat Challenge mens over-40 relay division belonged to Altus with a time of 1:26.94, a new world record for this division.
The second team was entered in the open relay with over 80 teams competing for one of the 64 slots in the tournament championship finals. They won their first two races against Fairfax County, Va., and Windsor, Canada, before losing to Fairfax County Jakes, falling just short of making the final eight against the toughest teams in the world. Their fastest time was a 1:22.89.
The event will be televised by ESPN2 at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 19.
Men's Open Men's Over 40
Relay Team Relay Team
Benny Barnes Randy Gipson
Zack Silvis (AFB) Jimmy Rogers
Erick Madden Kenny Ward
Jesse Gretsinger Tommy Sadler
Tim Sullivan J.R. Wheeler
Jared Williams (AFB)