Firefighter Combat Challenge Aug. 21-23 in Ontario, California

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More than 250 domestic and international competitors will take part in head-to-head simulations that reflect the real-life demands of firefighting, the Greater Ontario CVB announced.

Firefighters from around the world will compete Aug. 21-23 at Ontario Mills.

Firefighters from around the world will compete this month in the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge, a grueling but fun competition that simulates the demanding skills necessary to fight fires and save lives.

From Aug. 21-23, Competitors will race up a five-story tower, hoist heavy equipment, chop, drag hoses and rescue a life-sized, 175-pound “victim” as they race against themselves, their opponents and the clock.

What: Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge
When: Aug. 21-23
Where: Ontario Mills, 1 Mills Circle, Ontario, California
Why: 250 firefighters from all over the world will compete in tests of strength and strategy

The games have been televised nationally on ESPN and CBS Sports. Firefighters from throughout the United States and select countries overseas are invited to register for the games, which are open to the public for viewing.

Thursday, August 21st
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM Clinic
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Challenge Check-in
1:00 PM Opening Ceremonies
1:20 PM Wildcard Day for Individuals, Teams, Tandems, Relays

Friday, August 22nd
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Challenge Check-in
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Clinic
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Media/Corporate Challenge
11:00 AM Opening Ceremonies
11:20 AM Wildcard day for Individuals, Teams, Tandems, Relays
Saturday qualifiers are posted by 6 pm on

Saturday, August 23rd
8:00 - 11:00 AM Challenge Check-In
11:00 AM Opening Ceremonies
11:20 Individual and team Finals (80 slots)
Followed by Tandem finals (20 slots)
Followed by Relay Elimination (16 slots)

The Firefighter Combat Challenge was originally scheduled to take place Aug. 21-23 in Los Angeles as a part of the larger World Firefighters Games, which were cancelled last month due to problems with planning and logistics. The Firefighter Combat Challenge approached the Ontario Fire Department for help, and with the assistance of the Greater Ontario Convention and Visitors Bureau and Ontario Mills was able to relocate the contest to Ontario, just 30 miles east of its originally proposed location and on the same dates as originally planned.

“We are grateful to all our partners in the City of Ontario for scrambling to help make this work,” said Michael DeGrandpre of the Firefighter Combat Challenge. “We had several firefighters booked on flights from other countries to attend these games. The move to Ontario means they can still compete and they don’t have to change their travel plans.”

About the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau provides groups and meeting professionals with an unbiased, comprehensive resource when booking a tour, convention, meeting or event within the cities of Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. For meeting needs of all sizes – from a conference room to a citywide convention utilizing the Ontario Convention Center – or for a special exposition or sporting event, the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau will provide the necessary destination support tools to execute a successful experience. Visit

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