A group of five Palm Beach firefighter/paramedics is among the fittest and most agile rescue teams in the world, and this week the local rescuers set out to prove their strength, endurance, and speed at the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge world championship in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The local team competed fastest in qualification rounds earlier this week, and Mackenzie Briggs is currently the man to beat for the individual event. That's right, our local bravest are unofficially the fastest team in the world. Now, the challenge is to make it official against "a lot of tough competition," Jason Martino tells the Juice. "It's anybody's game."
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Wearing "full bunker gear" and the SCOTT Air-Pak breathing apparatus, pairs of competitors race head-to-head as they simulate the physical demands of real-life firefighting by performing a linked series of five tasks including climbing the 5-story tower, hoisting, chopping, dragging hoses and rescuing a life-sized, 175 lb. "victim" as they race against themselves, their opponent and the clock.