WESTFIELD, Ind.–Westfield Firefighters take coveted fourth place at this year’s U.S. Nationals. The team–who’s been competing for four years–had a break through this year and are preparing for the World Championship in 2014.
The team’s discipline is amazing–training 10-15 hours every week and sometimes hitting the pavement 3 times a day. Their presence at the firehouse is unmistakable while also motivating for others to stay in shape.
It all began in 2010 when two firefighters–Adam Renshaw and Kyle Ericksen–began working out in their firefighter gear. A few weeks later Matt Hansen and Justin Anderson joined the group and started these grueling drills too. Before long they had set their sights on the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge.
The team trained for months and entered their first competition finishing the course in a combined 7 minutes and 21 seconds. They were hooked. Still not satisfied, the team began training harder and added a few members along the way.
In 2011, they qualified for the World Championship’s with a time of 6 minutes and 29 seconds, but opted to wait until 2012 to compete. They moved into the 2012 season with a renewed vigor. Placing on the podium in the majority of their races, they even competed at the World Championship with a time of 5 minutes and 51 seconds.
To keep the momentum going, the team added a professional trainer in 2013. Their highly focused workouts proved successful during U.S. Nationals where they had a team best of 5 minutes and 16 seconds. And, they don’t plan on stopping anytime soon with a focus on winning the World Championship’s next year.
The Westfield Firefighter Combat Challenge team members include Dayne Cook, Jeremy Devitt, Justin Anderson, Matt Hansen, and Trevor Hash. They are sponsored by St. Vincent Hospital, IMMI, The City of Westfield, and Church Brothers.