By: Paul Hasenmeier
Fogged up and hoarding conditions during the race.
I ran in memory of Michael T. Carroll
I arrived a day before the Western NY Hero Rush and got a tour of the training tower that ended up being part of Saturdays course from Erie County (NY) Deputy Fire Coordinator Tiger Schmittendorf. They didn’t leave to many options out of this great training facility and it’s not the only one in the county to train a huge firefighting force.
Not only did the 11 am 343 wave benefit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, but the whole day was the biggest volunteer firefighter recruitment campaign I’ve seen. Be sure to check out the campaign HERE.
With Tiger Schmittendorf after the Rush
Last bath before the finish
Up and down the hill twice with 3″ hose.
It was certainly a muddy day as the weather folks were completely off on the sunny and 70 degree forecast. As the 343 wave started, a monsoon ensued.
The course was great as it led us through the woods, through a fire training tower, along a reservoir, and up and down numerous ravines.
As far as the flow of the 4.74 mile course, I was only slowed at one obstacle that had a few people waiting in front of me. There were several different obstacles that I didn’t see at the Michigan event last year. It is awesome that the Hero Rush crew is making each event different. Read about last years Michigan event HERE.
Team: First Due Tackle PW: FDT
The videos of the race below are from Bobby Mchenry’s Youtube channel. Parts of the race are included.
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