International firefighter competition to heat up Grand Strand

MYRTLE BEACH, SC - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Thousands of firefighters from around the world will be heating up the Grand Strand in November as the World Firefighter Combat Challenge relocates from Las Vegas to Myrtle Beach.

Between 700 and 750 firefighters will compete in the world event, slated to be held Nov. 8-15 at Broadway at the Beach. The World Firefighter Combat Challenge has been held in Las Vegas for the last three years.

Event coordinator Jackie Riedel says the challenge features an obstacle course called "The Toughest 2 Minutes in Sports" and involves some of the best firefighters from across the nation.

In previous years, firefighters from the Grand Strand have made appearances in the competition.

Despite its track record in Nevada, event officials decided to move the event from Las Vegas to Myrtle Beach because of the area's "family friendly" appeal. While all competition events will be held at Broadway at the Beach, Riedel says she expects families to indulge in other Myrtle Beach tourist attractions during their stay.

In addition to the World Firefighter Combat Challenge, organizers also say details for a golf tournament and a cruise for participants are being ironed out.

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