LOUISVILLE, Ky (WHAS11) -- Louisville Metro Fire Department was among 31 other teams competing in the Firefighter Combat Challenge on Saturday.

Kentucky Fire Commission Vice Chair Greg Dearing said, "Its builds a comradery because firefighters are firefighters. They're all doing the same job."

It was skills from that job that they put to the test Saturday as they raced for the quickest time. One of the less experienced teams- the Fairdale High School Fire and EMS Academy- said they were the first to try their hand at the course, and it was a lot tougher than they anticipated.

Fairdale High School Fire and EMS students said, "We have a lot more to learn."

Another team that caught the eye of many was the Knoxville Fire Department's all female team, competing for the second time this year against all-male teams.

Knoxville Fire Department team said, "It brings our level of fitness for competitions from here to here and that passes over into our regular job as a firefighter. And it really gets you competitive in all other aspects of your life too, as well as here."


The hometown crew- Louisville Metro Fire Department- said while they love the competition, they really value the experience they walk away with.

Louisville Metro Fire Department Firefighter JT Bass said, "It's a whole lot of fun. You've got the competitive atmosphere, it's a brotherhood. You have many different teams around but nonetheless we all come from the same walks of life, and it's just fun."

Fun that the department more than deserved after a tough few months on the job.

Dearing said, "Our guys and gals in the Louisville fire department have had the toughest month and a half with Whiskey Row, Second Street fire, and what this does, this takes the burden off their shoulder, this is fun."

A thought mirrored by all teams and spectators at the event.

The number one team from the competition was Fire Craft out of Cincinnati. Other teams also that also qualified for world's are Lexington, Louisville Metro Fire, and Highview Fire.