L-R Jeff Lovell

L-R Jeff Lovell

Firefighters test their metal

On August 11 and 12 central interior B.C. firefighters tested their metal - against each other.

On August 11 and 12 central interior B.C. firefighters tested their metal – against each other.

It was the Prince George PGX Firefighter Games for the 100th anniversary of the PGX.

On the Saturday, there were the skills combat challenges in which individuals in different categories went up against each other in tests of specific skills and on Sunday there were team events.

Local Junior Firefighter Macleod Smith was the fastest and first place firefighter in the 18 years old and under category for the individual combat challenge.

The team from Fort St. James placed second in the make and break team competition.

It was the first year Fort St. James Fire Rescue competed in the games, after Jeff Lovell convinced some of his fellow volunteer firefighters to go to the competition, but everyone reportedly had a great time, and are eager to go again next year.

These types of events are great networking opportunities for firefighters, according to Lovell, who said skills and knowledge can be shared across departments.