New Intramural Sports Event Adds Firefighting Elements to Fitness and Sports


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., May 8, 2007 — The Department of Recreation Services at Southeast Missouri State University added a new event to their schedule as Southeast students participated in their first annual “Firefighters Challenge” last week.

Four teams of two students each participated in four firefighter elements. Firefighter Fred Vincel of the Cape Girardeau Fire Department and two employees assisted with the event.  Safety equipment — including helmet, gloves and protective eyewear — was required to be worn. Each individual wore a 50 pound weight vest while competing in the elements and each event was timed.  The event consisted of four challenges:

  • Kaiser Sled: This event simulated an axe chopping into a roof.  An individual swung a mallet into a metal block while standing on the affixed structure.  Average time: 45-60 seconds.
  • 150 foot Hose Drag: Actual fire fighter’s use 200 feet of hose, but the individual had to pull the hose a length of about 150 feet across a parking lot. Average time: 12-15 seconds.
  • 160 lb. Dummy Drag: Simulated removing a victim from a building.  Had to use the proper technique of arms under the shoulders and drag the dummy a distance of approximately 100 feet. Average time: 20-25 seconds.
  • Ladder Removal and Return: At the start, the participant had to remove the ladder from the fire engine, step behind some cones, touch it to the ground, and then return it to the engine in its original position. Average time: 10-12 seconds.

“This was a very unique event to add to our schedule. The elements are extremely difficult to do,” said James Wayne, coordinator for Sport Clubs and Intramural Sports.

The Men’s Greek winner was Sigma Chi, and the Men’s independent winner was The Antelopes.

For more information on the event, contact Troy Vaughn, director of Recreation Services, at (573) 651-2878.