Programs

Delivering on our mission requires an outside-the-box approach. Our intentionally designed, and oftentimes considered atypical style of research, has allowed us to analyze the biomechanics, ergonomics, and metabolic demands of personnel under extreme duress.

Our true-to-career events provide the data we need to help First Responders perform their jobs at peak performance while helping minimize the medical, mental, and physical events that causes injuries, even death. Our events are not only fun, informative, and created with purpose, they help create awareness by showcasing the incredible skills and demands of the heroes protecting us each day. In fact, some of our events have such incredible name recognition that most are unaware that these fun, competitive challenges have produced career changing data.

Our research and community awareness events are completely underwritten by incredible local and national sponsors that recognize the importance of investing in First Responders.

“Competition with a Purpose” – The origins of the Firefighter Combat Challenge started in 1975 with a U.S. Fire Administration grant to the University of Maryland to develop and validate a job-related physical performance examination for firefighters. The principal investigators of the study were Dr. Charles O. Dotson and Dr. Paul O. Davis. While subsequently working as a leading occupational physiologist 15 years later, Dr. Davis came up with the idea of the Firefighter Challenge, a real-life research project utilizing a competition style event to draw participants. Thirty-years later, thanks to our corporate sponsors and industry leaders in public safety, the event has served more than 60,000 firefighters. The research data obtained has been a game-changer for those departments that have implemented the recomended strategies.

“Competition with a Purpose” – The origins of the Firefighter Combat Challenge started in 1975 with a U.S. Fire Administration grant to the University of Maryland to develop and validate a job-related physical performance examination for firefighters. The principal investigators of the study were Dr. Charles O. Dotson and Dr. Paul O. Davis. While subsequently working as a leading occupational physiologist 15 years later, Dr. Davis came up with the idea of the Firefighter Challenge, a real-life research project utilizing a competition style event to draw participants. Thirty-years later, thanks to our corporate sponsors and industry leaders in public safety, the event has served more than 60,000 firefighters. The research data obtained has been a game-changer for those departments that have implemented the recomended strategies.

“Competition with a Purpose” – The origins of the Firefighter Combat Challenge started in 1975 with a U.S. Fire Administration grant to the University of Maryland to develop and validate a job-related physical performance examination for firefighters. The principal investigators of the study were Dr. Charles O. Dotson and Dr. Paul O. Davis. While subsequently working as a leading occupational physiologist 15 years later, Dr. Davis came up with the idea of the Firefighter Challenge, a real-life research project utilizing a competition style event to draw participants. Thirty-years later, thanks to our corporate sponsors and industry leaders in public safety, the event has served more than 60,000 firefighters. The research data obtained has been a game-changer for those departments that have implemented the recomended strategies.

The Military Battle Challenge is an exciting, fast-moving “Fire and Maneuver” contest where participants compete against each other and the clock to earn the bragging rights to be the “Best of the Best!” Designed with research in mind, the challenge incorporates highly relevant military skills and fitness challenges that include, Cargo Net Climb, Rope Descent, Marksmanship Skills, Man-Down Rescue, and more. The event has become a fun recruiting tool for the various military branches and an exciting activity for the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation center leaders on each base.

The Military Battle Challenge is an exciting, fast-moving “Fire and Maneuver” contest where participants compete against each other and the clock to earn the bragging rights to be the “Best of the Best!” Designed with research in mind, the challenge incorporates highly relevant military skills and fitness challenges that include, Cargo Net Climb, Rope Descent, Marksmanship Skills, Man-Down Rescue, and more. The event has become a fun recruiting tool for the various military branches and an exciting activity for the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation center leaders on each base.

The Military Battle Challenge is an exciting, fast-moving “Fire and Maneuver” contest where participants compete against each other and the clock to earn the bragging rights to be the “Best of the Best!” Designed with research in mind, the challenge incorporates highly relevant military skills and fitness challenges that include, Cargo Net Climb, Rope Descent, Marksmanship Skills, Man-Down Rescue, and more. The event has become a fun recruiting tool for the various military branches and an exciting activity for the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation center leaders on each base.

Across the country firehouses are coming together in communities to support local nonprofits, including the First Responder Institute, while battling it out for local and national bragging rights.

Firehouse Relays is a team-oriented challenge showcasing the Five Essential Job Tasks™ with a few fun twists, to a cheering audience of family, friends, coworkers, media and nonprofits. The research data we collect supports our ongoing effort to reduce injuries among our nations heroes, while the funds raised by our relay teams make an immeasurable impact in our local communities.

Across the country firehouses are coming together in communities to support local nonprofits, including the First Responder Institute, while battling it out for local and national bragging rights.

Firehouse Relays is a team-oriented challenge showcasing the Five Essential Job Tasks™ with a few fun twists, to a cheering audience of family, friends, coworkers, media and nonprofits. The research data we collect supports our ongoing effort to reduce injuries among our nations heroes, while the funds raised by our relay teams make an immeasurable impact in our local communities.

Across the country firehouses are coming together in communities to support local nonprofits, including the First Responder Institute, while battling it out for local and national bragging rights.

Firehouse Relays is a team-oriented challenge showcasing the Five Essential Job Tasks™ with a few fun twists, to a cheering audience of family, friends, coworkers, media and nonprofits. The research data we collect supports our ongoing effort to reduce injuries among our nations heroes, while the funds raised by our relay teams make an immeasurable impact in our local communities.

At some point in their lives, virtually every kid has looked wistfully at the fire trucks flashing their red lights, sounding their sirens, and speeding on their way to assist or rescue those in need. “I want to be a firefighter!”

The Kid’s Firefighter Challenge showcases America’s First Responder heroes and heroines while promoting a lifetime commitment to physical fitness, health, and wellness. This community awareness program travels across the country in partnership with the Firefighter Challenge – providing a family-friendly and tangible method of capturing  the enthusiasm of children and channeling it in a positive direction.

At some point in their lives, virtually every kid has looked wistfully at the fire trucks flashing their red lights, sounding their sirens, and speeding on their way to assist or rescue those in need. “I want to be a firefighter!”

The Kid’s Firefighter Challenge showcases America’s First Responder heroes and heroines while promoting a lifetime commitment to physical fitness, health, and wellness. This community awareness program travels across the country in partnership with the Firefighter Challenge – providing a family-friendly and tangible method of capturing  the enthusiasm of children and channeling it in a positive direction.

At some point in their lives, virtually every kid has looked wistfully at the fire trucks flashing their red lights, sounding their sirens, and speeding on their way to assist or rescue those in need. “I want to be a firefighter!”

The Kid’s Firefighter Challenge showcases America’s First Responder heroes and heroines while promoting a lifetime commitment to physical fitness, health, and wellness. This community awareness program travels across the country in partnership with the Firefighter Challenge – providing a family-friendly and tangible method of capturing  the enthusiasm of children and channeling it in a positive direction.

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