Five years ago, several members of Horry County Fire Rescue decided it was time to put Horry County on the map. How would they accomplish this? By starting a Competition Team. The members started training on their own time using their own equipment and entered their first competition. The outcome was not wins, but rather a learning experience. They learned how to better prepare, how to compete, and most importantly become a team. They traveled to as many competitions as they could afford, often on their own dollar. Today, they do several fundraisers and have sponsors to help their travels. Our team competes under the title of "TEAM HORRY".
Competing is only part of the team. The members are in top shape and try to promote physical fitness in places where physical fitness is often neglected. They are also active in their community. Throughout the year they not only visit local establishments, but when they are competing out of town they try to visit local hospitals to see children. When the team went to the World Championships at Las Vegas in 2004, they visited a local Children's Hospital that was never visited by a Fire Department. Later that year the team was recognized by County Council and given an award.
The members of the team have changed over the years, but the purpose remains the same. Constant training and hard work has poured into this team, and the biggest reward is self-satifsfaction.
The Competition Team is made up of firefighters that compete against other departments from around the world. Horry County has hosted the Blast of the Beach Firefighter Combat Challenge since 2002. Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge brings out the best in firefighters. The team trains year-round and is proud to host the Blast of the Beach. In 2005, the local competition drew over 120 competitors from around the country. The Firefighter Combat Challenge is designed to feature physical fitness in the fire service. It is a physically and mentally grueling event worthy of the nickname "the toughest two minutes in sports".