Firefighters smoke the competition at Hunks and Ladders challenge

Firefighters pull a 165-pound dummy to simulate rescuing a person during the Hunks and Ladders Firefighter Combat Challenge Saturday, July 22, 2017, at The Greene in Beavercreek.
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Firefighters pull a 165-pound dummy to simulate rescuing a person during the Hunks and Ladders Firefighter Combat Challenge Saturday, July 22, 2017, at The Greene in Beavercreek.

Credit: DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF

Credit: DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF

It got smokin’ hot this afternoon at The Greene during the Hunks and Ladders Firefighter Combat Challenge in Beavercreek.

Firefighters from across the region flexed their muscles and tested their strength and endurance during the competition; feats included pulling a 165-pound dummy 75 feet. The 30th anniversary challenge was all to earn a coveted spot in the upcoming 2017-18 Hunks and Ladders calendar.

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After the challenge, the event featured live music, and an after party through 2 a.m. at Bar Louie at The Greene, 4492 Glengarry Drive.

Proceeds from calendar sales benefit the Miami Valley Firefighter/EMS Memorial; A Special Wish Foundation and the Pink Ribbon Foundation.

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"We got the Keiser (Force Machine) sled to simulate breaching a door or a roof to ventilate it. We got the dummy drag to simulate rescuing someone, the hose carry to simulate what it's like on the ground," said Jake Preston, an emergency recovery coordinator at Paul Davis, a recovery, reconstruction and restoration company and one of the Hunks and Ladders sponsors.

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