City firefighters take 4 awards
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
Oct 16, 2012 | 1415 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CLEVELAND FIREFIGHTERS competed along with other firefighters across the state in the Tennessee Ultimate Fire Fighter Challenge. Here they pose with members of the Chattanooga Fire Department. From left are Michael McCabe, Jason Pennell, Drew Rader, Daryl Horn, Eric Stone and Richard Leisnweski. The two teams “dominated” most of the competition, according to officials.
CLEVELAND FIREFIGHTERS competed along with other firefighters across the state in the Tennessee Ultimate Fire Fighter Challenge. Here they pose with members of the Chattanooga Fire Department. From left are Michael McCabe, Jason Pennell, Drew Rader, Daryl Horn, Eric Stone and Richard Leisnweski. The two teams “dominated” most of the competition, according to officials.
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Cleveland Fire Department representatives walked away with three first-place finishes and one third place recently in the Tennessee Ultimate Fire Fighter Challenge.

Jason Pennell got third in the individual competition while Drew Rader got first in the challenge. Richard Leisnewski took the first-place win in the 40-and-over category.

Pennell and Leisnewski, along with firefighter Michael McCabe, took the first-place Team category as well.

The competition was held in Murfreesboro.

Chattanooga Fire Department also had representatives in the TUFF Challenge.

Eric Stone took first place in the professional division, along with Daryl Horn.

The TUFF Challenge is an extreme, physically demanding competition comprised of five events simulating firefighting operations.

The ninth annual TUFF Challenge was held at the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy, in Bell Buckle, according to Pennell.

The five events in these competitions include:

n High Rise Stair Climb Evolution: Competitors must carry a high-rise standpipe pack (2 sections of 1 1/2-inch hose) up four floors, then proceed to task two.

n Hose Hoist Evolution: Competitors must hoist a donut roll of 2 1/2-inch diameter hose up four floors.

n Forcible Entry Evolution: Employing the Forcible Entry Simulator, and with an 8-pound shot hammer, the competitor will drive a slide five feet by striking a beam with the hammer.

n 1 3/4-inch Hose Advance Evolution: Competitors will travel the required distance of 140 feet through the orange cones. Competitors will pick up the nozzle end of the 150-foot charged 1 3/4-inch line and advance it 75 feet, open the nozzle and hit the target.

n Victim Rescue Evolution: Competitors must lift or drag a 175-pound rescue dummy a distance of 100 feet.