The Quinte West FireFit team brought home multiple medals recognizing their efforts at the FireFit national championships in Sarnia last week. The national championships conclude a high-performing season for the Quinte West FireFit team that also competed in regional events in St. Catherines, Quinte West, Montreal and Port Elgin this year.
Members of the 2023 Quinte West FireFit team are Shelby Barton, Kevin DeVries, Greg King, Pat Millington, Sean Morphet and Ryan McNaught.
The team’s results at the national championships in Sarnia include a silver medal in the Individual (Over 55) category and a silver medal in the Individual (Chief / Senior Officer) category. Shelby Barton had a strong rookie season and was the most improved member of the team, dropping 1:30 minutes off her individual race time. Shelby also helped the team bring home two medals in the mixed-relay events.
The team’s overall regional results this season include:
- Shelby Barton, Greg King and Pat Milington – One silver medal in the Team Relay – Mixed division.
- Shelby Barton, Kevin DeVries, Greg King, Pat Milington, Sean Morphet and Ryan McNaught – One bronze medal in the Team Relay – Mixed division.
- Greg King – Three gold and one silver medal in the Individual – Over 55 division; three gold and one silver medal in the Individual – Chief / Senior Officer division.
- Greg King and Pat Millington – One gold and one silver medal in the Tandem Relay – Open division
- Pat Millington – Three silver medals in the Individual – Open division.
The Quinte West FireFit team will compete among 350 athletes at the World Firefighter Combat Challenge in Stuart Beach, Florida in October.
The 2023 Quinte West FireFit team thanks Quinte West Council, Fire Chief John Whelan,
Deputy Chief Rick Caddick and the City of Quinte West for their continued support.
About the FireFit Championships
The FireFit Championships is a competition featuring firefighting tasks commonly performed in
emergency situations, that pushes competitors to their physical limits. The championships include: a six storey stair climb while carrying 45 pounds of hose, a 42 pound hose hoist to the sixth floor, forcible entry simulator using a nine-pound mallet, a 140 foot obstacle course, 75-foot hose drag, and a 100-foot, 175-pound victim rescue to the finish line.
Competitors compete while wearing equipment and full personal protective gear certified for structural firefighting, and breathing from a Drager self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) while racing.