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Combat Challenge Team Wins World Championship

Written by Ron Summers.

Combat Challenge 30In November the Hamilton Fire FIghters Combat Challenge Team travelled to Phoenix Arizona for the World Championships.  After a successful year in Canada, the team won the World Championship.  As well, Justin Couperus became the indivdual World Champion. 

On January 21st the Team was recognized at Hamilton City Council for their great accomplishment.

The Team as pictured are: Brendon Spferazza, Mike Jones,Neil Hubley Louis Boiteau, Paul Davis (Founder of Combat Challenge) Dean Morrow, Mike Cascioli, Danny Folino and Justin Couperus.

Congratulations to the Team for a job well done.

Fraternally, Executive Committee.


Annual Pensioners Banquet

Written by Ron Summers.

Fred EOn October 9th the Hamilton Professional Fire Fighters Association held its 77th Annual Pensioners Banquet.  Over 200 retired, active fire fighters and guests came out to hounour our new Retirees and those who have blazed the path before them.  Guests included the Honourary Ted McMeekin, MPP Monique Taylor and Councillor Jason Farr. 

Along with honouring our Retirees, Brother Ed Stanisz recieved the Walter Baumann Award for his years of dedication and distinguished service to Fire Fighters at the Local and Provincial level. 

Special tribute was also given to Brother Fred Engelbrecht (pictured), our oldest surviving Retiree and WWII Veteran.

Congratulations to all of our new Retirees and we hope to see all of you again next year.

Fraternally and with Respect, Executive Committee.


Hamilton Combat Team wins Nationals

Written by Ron Summers.

The Hamilton Firefighters Combat Challenge Team recently won the Scott FireFit Championships, a gruelling five-day competition in Longueuil, Que, which drew 30 teams and 250 firefighters from across Canada. Hamilton extinguished Kamloops, B.C.'s five-year winning streak and beat their Oakville rivals. The Combat Challenge involves obstacle course that employs firefighting duties: climbing six flights of stairs; hoisting a 45-pound hose; hammering a steel beam; advancing a charged hose line; and dragging a 175-pound rescue mannequin 100 feet backwards.

Hamilton's team members are Dean Morrow, Louis Boiteau, Mike Cascioli, Danny Folino, Justin Couperus, Neil Hubley, Mike Jones and Brandon Sferazza.

Next, the squad hopes to add a global title to their national crown in Phoenix, Ariz., where they will compete in the world championships. The world championships are run Nov. 3-9 in Phoenix, Ariz. Last year, Hamilton placed second.

Congratulations to the team.

                                                                                                                                                         Article: Hamilton Spectator