TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - A Tuscaloosa firefighter is representing the United States this week in a global competition that bills itself as the "the toughest two minutes in sports."
Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue Service firefighter Beau Gunter is competing in the UAE World Firefighter Challenge 2016, which runs March 15 - 17, in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
According to the competition's Web site, the challenge is "a linked series of tasks which emulates real-life firefighting scenarios." This includes climbing a five story tower, hoisting a 40-pound hose, hitting a hydraulic beam with a mallet, running, advancing a full pressure hose and rescuing a 176-pound dummy.
Competitors complete the course wearing a firefighting suit, which weighs more than 44 pounds, going head-to-head with an opponent.
Gunter posted on his Facebook page: "What an honor to be representing Tuscaloosa Fire/Rescue, Local 403, the City of Tuscaloosa, the great State of Alabama and The United States of America for Team USA in the UAE World Firefighter Challenge 2016 being held in Abu Dhabi and Dubai (UAE). Going to be a great time with firefighter athletes from countries all over the world."