Saraland Combat Challenge

Sports Overtime

“This isn’t even 10% of what it takes to be a firefighter, this is just a little bit” said Terry Huff.

We know what professional athletes do day in and day out to stay in top physical shape. But being a firefighter also requires tons of training.

“When the community sees us out doing this, they know we’re taking the initiative to be ready for the job. That’s what it’s all about, being ready for the job,” said Saraland Fire Chief Jeff Ludlam.

Crossfit Saraland teamed up with the Saraland Fire Department for a combat challenge, putting people to the test to see if they have what it takes to be a firefighter.

“First thing they’ll do is a door breach to simulate if a house had a door shut and they had to use that tool to pry it. They run and grab a mannequin and tow that as if you had a to rescue a victim. They also have to spray water from a hose and lift it to simulate getting it to a second story,” said Chief Ludlam.

It turns out CrossFit training is a good way to prepare yourself for the challenges of being a firefighter.

“What we do at CrossFit everyday, a big part of that is making sure things are constantly varied. We don’t do the same thing here ever. So this is just a chance we found to do something different and push ourselves,” said Miranda McDaniel with CrossFit Saraland.

WKRG NEWS 5 - Sports Overtime - 02/10/2019

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