Four firefighters with Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services placed first in the second Ironman Challenge on Friday evening at Cumberland Mall.
The Ironman Challenge is done in partnership with the Metro Atlanta Fire Officers Association and showcases the expertise and physical abilities of metro Atlanta firefighters in a head-to-head skills competition.
“The course was seven stations with a four-man team. The first station was a quick dress, you had to pull a 220-pound tire, with 50 feet of a 3-inch hose line attached, down 75 feet and back,” said Cherokee County firefighter Kevin Hamilton. “The next challenges included advancing a 1-3/4 inch charged hose though serpentine, a forcible entry exercise, go through a 2-by-2 foot by 8-foot tube, over an A frame and then breach a wall before heading to the finish line with all tools, team members and nozzle. All team members had to finish each station completely before you could move to the next.”
The event was a head-to-head heat with the two fastest times racing each other in the finals for first place. A Cobb County team had an original time of 6:15 and Cherokee County placed second with a time of 7:09.
In the final heat, Cherokee County firefighters beat Cobb County by one second with a time of 6:58.
Besides Hamilton, the other members of the Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services team were Jonathan Gottfried, Alex Adams and Frank Madonna. The team will be receiving a trophy and sets of