A South Whatcom Fire Authority firefighter has placed third in the national Firefighter Throwdown in Dallas, held Friday and Saturday, Aug. 15-16, during the Fire-Rescue International trade show at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.
The second annual competition involves a series of weightlifting and calisthenics-type exercises in a grueling CrossFit-style physical challenge. Only 100 career and volunteer firefighters from around the nation were chosen to compete.
Jordan Warren - a resident firefighter at South Whatcom's Station 21 serving the Geneva area - finished with a time of 10 minutes and 2 seconds in the open men's division.
"I figured I would do well, but I never expected a podium finish," Warren said by text from Dallas on Saturday. "I just gave it my all this weekend ... ."
Winning in Warren's division was DJ Brimhall of Show Low, Ariz., with a time of 9:12. While off-duty on June 6, Brimhall rescued Olympic swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen when she was paralyzed in an ATV crash.
Warren is the second South Whatcom firefighter to place in a nationwide physical challenge event this year. Peter Ellis of Bellingham finished 10th of more than 1,500 participants in the annual Firefighter Stairclimb in March, in which firefighters in full gear with air pack climb 69 stories of the Columbia Tower in Seattle.
South Whatcom Fire Authority is a combined career and volunteer fire department that formed in 2009 by merging four volunteer fire-protection districts serving the Geneva, Sudden Valley, Lake Samish, Yew Street Road and Chuckanut Drive areas.
Contact Robert Mittendorf at 360-756-2805 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.