Hospital supports 2019 Firefighter Combat Challenge

July 30, 2019

Hospital CEO Steve Simpson (far left) presents a $3,000 donation to members of the Elko Fire Department. Firefighters pictured from left are: Captain Ray Mowrey, Deputy Fire Chief Jack Snyder, Firefighter David Wiggins, and Driver/Operator II Jason Logsden.

ELKO, Nevada – Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital recently donated $3,000.00 to the Elko Firefighters Association in sponsorship of the upcoming Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge. The competition event, which is returning to Elko for the third year in a row, will be held on August 16th and 17th in the East End Mall.

“The hospital has sponsored this event from the very beginning, and we are really grateful for that,” said Jason Logsden, a crewmember with the Elko Fire Department and the local organizer of the competition.

“We’re excited for this year as firefighters from around the country and even the world will be coming to Elko,” Logsden continued. “We couldn’t put on a successful event without the generosity of our local sponsors.”

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 and other first responders race through a challenge course while wearing full gear and breathing apparatuses. 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.

“They call it the toughest two minutes in sports,” Logsden said. “We want to invite the whole community to come cheer on our local firefighters and law enforcement officers. It’s a very exciting event to watch.”

The competition will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 16th, with individual and team races. On Saturday, August 17th, relay and tandem events will start at 10:00 a.m. The public is welcome to attend and admission is free.

Those who are interested in more information may contact Logsden at (775) 385-3815.