Fredericton hosts Atlantic FireFit Regional Championships

It's often described as the toughest two minutes in sports — and it's coming to Fredericton this weekend.

About 120 firefighters from Atlantic Canada, Québec and Ontario will take part in the Atlantic FireFit Regional Championships.

David McKinley, assistant deputy chief of the Fredericton Fire Department, tells our newsroom it's the third year his department has hosted the event.

"It's basically a competition that simulates different tasks that firefighters have to perform when they're fighting a structure fire," said McKinley.

Firefighters will compete in several events — everything from climbing five storeys while carrying 45 pounds of hose, to dragging a 175-pound mannequin 100 feet backwards.

"Although you're always running with someone else at the same time, your opponent is always the clock," said McKinley.

Winners will get a bye to the national competition in Ottawa in September, he said, and those who reach a certain time will also qualify for the event.

McKinley said fitness is a big thing for the Fredericton Fire Department and its members, noting that physical fitness is one component of the chief's wellness initiative.

The event takes place behind City Hall on Saturday and Sunday and is open to the public.