Hospital supports Firefighter Combat Challenge

May 1, 2018

Pictured from left: Steve Simpson, NNRH CEO; Fire Captain Ray Mowrey; Firefighter Brian Hoehne; Jill Brown and Jennifer Koopman, members of the NNRH Community Investment Committee; Firefighter Jason Logsden; and Firefighter Kyle Stone.

ELKO, Nevada – Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital recently donated $7,500 to the Elko Firefighters Association in sponsorship of the upcoming Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge. The competition event, which is returning to Elko for the second year in a row, will be held on August 17th and 18th in the Gold Dust West parking lot.

“We really appreciate how the hospital has supported this event from the very beginning,” said Jason Logsden, a crewmember with the Elko Fire Department and the local organizer of the competition. “It’s exciting to see Elko host this event because it is part of the national circuit for firefighters. This really puts Elko on the map with the firefighting community.”

Logsden explained that the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge holds a series of approximately twenty competitions around the country leading up to the World Championship in October. At the events, firefighters, police officers and other first responders race through a challenge course while wearing full gear and breathing apparatus. The course simulates essential firefighting skills such as climbing a five-story tower, hoisting a firehose, chopping through obstacles, and hauling a 175 pound “victim” to safety.

“It’s very intense,” Logsden remarked. “The whole idea is to showcase the strength and athleticism of first responders. That includes the mine rescue teams from Barrick and Newmont. We’re honored that they will be participating in the challenge again this year.”

NNRH CEO Steve Simpson said that he was thrilled to see the hospital sponsoring the competition. “First responders are all-too-often the unsung heroes,” Simpson stated. “Events like this shine a spotlight on just how hard they train to keep the rest of us safe. As a hospital, we deeply value our partnership with first responders. If this competition helps more people recognize them for the heroes that they are, then that’s a win in our book.”

Those who are interested in sponsoring or participating in the Firefighter Combat Challenge may contact Jason Logsden at (775) 385-3815.