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Team V firefighters prepare for Firefighter Combat Challenge competition

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Andrew Klein, a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, drags a 175-pound dummy during training July 29 here in preparation for the Firefighter Combat Challenge in October. 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-size, 175-pound "victim" as they race against their opponents and the clock. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Bryan Boyette)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Andrew Klein, a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, drags a 175-pound dummy during training July 29 here in preparation for the Firefighter Combat Challenge in October. 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-size, 175-pound "victim" as they race against their opponents and the clock. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Bryan Boyette)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.-- Matthew Stevens, a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, runs with a fire hose draped over his shoulder to a finishing point during training July 29 here in preparation for the Firefighter Combat Challenge in October. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Bryan Boyette)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.-- Matthew Stevens, a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, runs with a fire hose draped over his shoulder to a finishing point during training July 29 here in preparation for the Firefighter Combat Challenge in October. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Bryan Boyette)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Fighting against the stairs, Marissa Halbeisen, a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, rushes up a four-story flight of stairs during training July 29 here in preparation for the Firefighter Combat Challenge in October. This is the team’s first time competing in the championship competition. The challenge seeks to encourage firefighter fitness and demonstrate the profession's rigors to public. The competitors race head-to-head as they simulate the physical demands of real-life fire fighting by performing a linked series of five tasks, including climbing the five-story tower, hoisting, chopping, dragging hoses and rescuing a life-size, 175-pound "victim" as they race against their opponents and the clock.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Bryan Boyette)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Fighting against the stairs, Marissa Halbeisen, a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, rushes up a four-story flight of stairs during training July 29 here in preparation for the Firefighter Combat Challenge in October. This is the team’s first time competing in the championship competition. The challenge seeks to encourage firefighter fitness and demonstrate the profession's rigors to public. The competitors race head-to-head as they simulate the physical demands of real-life fire fighting by performing a linked series of five tasks, including climbing the five-story tower, hoisting, chopping, dragging hoses and rescuing a life-size, 175-pound "victim" as they race against their opponents and the clock. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Bryan Boyette)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Lamont Brown, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, demonstrates a proper hoisting technique with a 42 pound bag filled with equipment to other members of his team July 29 during training for the Firefighter Combat Challenge in October. This is the team’s first time competing in the challenge as well as making the championship competition. The competition seeks to encourage the firefighter’s fitness and demonstrate the profession's rigors to public. The competitors race head-to-head as they simulate the physical demands of real-life fire fighting by performing a linked series of five tasks including climbing the 5-story tower, hoisting, chopping, dragging hoses and rescuing a life-size, 175 pounds "victim" as they race against their opponents and the clock.  (U.S. Air Force Photo/Senior Airman Bryan Boyette)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Lamont Brown, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, demonstrates a proper hoisting technique with a 42 pound bag filled with equipment to other members of his team July 29 during training for the Firefighter Combat Challenge in October. This is the team’s first time competing in the challenge as well as making the championship competition. The competition seeks to encourage the firefighter’s fitness and demonstrate the profession's rigors to public. The competitors race head-to-head as they simulate the physical demands of real-life fire fighting by performing a linked series of five tasks including climbing the 5-story tower, hoisting, chopping, dragging hoses and rescuing a life-size, 175 pounds "victim" as they race against their opponents and the clock. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Senior Airman Bryan Boyette)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.-- 30th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters stretch and warm up for their weekly training at the fire simulators here July 29. The training is to prepare for the Firefighter Combat Challenge in October. This is the team's first time to compete in the event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Bryan Boyette)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.-- 30th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters stretch and warm up for their weekly training at the fire simulators here July 29. The training is to prepare for the Firefighter Combat Challenge in October. This is the team's first time to compete in the event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Bryan Boyette)