Members of the Perham Fire Department take their commitment to life-saving quite seriously — so much so that they began a fitness initiative in early 2022 to improve their overall health. As a part of this initiative, five firefighters will be competing in the Firefighter Challenge in Bismarck, N.D. on July 15 and 16.
"They call (the Firefighter Challenge) the toughest two minutes in sports," said Dan Kenyon, member of the Perham Fire Department and competitor. "It literally taxes your body in pretty much every way possible."
Kenyon will be competing alongside his fellow Perham Fire Department members: Clayton Troutman, Jake Huebsch, Cody Arth, and Ted Tulibaski. On Friday, July 15, they'll compete individually, and on Saturday, July 16, they'll compete in tandems and teams.
The challenge consists of competitors donning their "full bunker gear" and the Air-Pak breathing apparatus, which is what they'd wear when fighting a real fire.