The Brookshire’s 2017 Firefighter Combat Challenge returns to Tyler this Fall, a competition that pits firefighters against one another racing a course designed to simulate some of the day-to-day obstacles firefighters face.

The event is free to spectators and will take place October, 5-7, 2017. All activities will be located in the parking lot of Broadway Square Mall, 4601 S. Broadway Avenue near Sears.

“The Combat Challenge is a unique competition between firefighters from all over the state,” Tyler Fire Chief David Coble said. “They compete against each other doing the things they do in their job, skills that are the craft of our profession. At the end of the day, the fastest time wins.”

The Challenge tasks are highly reminiscent of actual fire-scene activities. They are the high-rise hose drag, the hose hoist, the forcible entry, the hose advance, and victim rescue.

“The event is good fellowship for the participants, and great fun to watch for the spectators,” Chief Coble said.