Fire and police personnel tackle Rastin Tower, course

  • Joshua Morrison/News West Licking County firefighter Justin Weaver pulls the hose before having to carry it 50 yards to put out a fire on Rastin Road during the Combat Challenge on Saturday at Ariel-Foundation Park.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Mount Vernon Police Department Detective David McElroy begins his jump over the pool of water during the Tactical Obstacle Course at Ariel-Foundation Park on Saturday. McElroy was part of the MVPD team of detectives and patrol officers competing against five other teams at the 2017 Rastin Challenge.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Knox County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Ryan Burgess attempts to pull himself over the first obstacle in the Tactical Obstacle Course at Ariel-Foundation Park on Saturday.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Coty Shellenbarger, Mount Vernon Fire Department, swings a sledgehammer, driving a steel box back during the firefighters combat challenge on Saturday at Ariel Foundation Park. Five fire departments competed at the 2017 Rastin Challenge.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Mount Vernon firefighter Tommy Calland begins his climb of the Rastin Tower during the Tower Stair Climb event at Ariel-Foundation Park on Saturday.
  • Joshua Morrison/News CrossFit 1808’s Nick Fiorilli demonstrates the first obstacle during a warm-up at the Tactical Obstacle Course during the Rastin Challenge at Ariel-Foundation Park on Saturday.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Deputy J. Heaberlin leaps over the pool of water at the Tactical Obstacle Course during the Rastin Challenge at Ariel-Foundation Park. The team from Franklin County finished first in the four-department challenge.

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MOUNT VERNON — How do you train for a run up the Rastin Observation Tower’s 224 steps in full firefighting gear?

If you’re from Apopka, Fla., you run the 28 flights in the Orlando Bank of America building. Or, fall back on what you’ve learned from the World Trade Center Memorial stair run, which is 144 flights.

Apopka City Fire was one of five fire departments to participate in the Rastin Challenge, held Saturday at Ariel-Foundation Park. Six police departments turned out for the tactical course challenge.

Apopka City firefighter/paramedic Dylan Spencer said the team has done many firefighting challenges, but the Rastin offered something new.

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Nick Sabo: 740-397-5333 or nsabo@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

 

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