Fire and police personnel tackle Rastin Tower, course
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.