Firefighters from across the country will demonstrate their strength and skills during the Firefighter Combat Challenge this weekend. The event will begin at 5 p.m., Friday, August 21 in the city parking lot at the corner of 2nd and Liberty Streets. The event continues at 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 22 at the same location.

Its a fun, friendly competition where firefighters get the opportunity to showcase their talents, said Kentucky Fire Commission Executive Director Ronnie Day.

The Kentucky Fire Commission is the local host of the event. The Challenge simulates the physical demands of real-life firefighting as competitors race against themselves, their opponent and the clock, wearing "full bunker gear" and their Air-Pak breathing apparatus, to tackle a linked series of five tasks including climbing a five-story tower, hoisting, chopping, dragging hoses and rescuing a life-sized, 175 lb. victim.

More than 150 firefighters from across the country will be participating in the Challenge to qualify for the World Challenge held in Montgomery, Alabama in October.

Firefighters arent the only ones who can participate in the Challenge. Children (4-11) can flex their muscles on the Kid's Firefighter Challenge course on Friday and Saturday beginning at 5 p.m.