Women of STIHL Firefighter Champions

Staff | September 28, 2010
Women of STIHL Firefighter Combat champions are (left to right): Abby Harms, Mary Colasanto, Kate Hodge, Amy Bielinski and Stacy Carroll.

In only their second season of competition, the Women of STIHL firefighter relay team earned their second Firefighter Combat Challenge World Championship title with a time of 2:05 through the obstacle course, just 4 ½ seconds faster than the second-place team. The team consists of female firefighters from the Virginia Beach Fire Department, the Newport News Fire Department, and the Hampton Fire Department.

Outfitted in full firefighter turnout gear, Amy Bielinski, VBFD; Mary Colasanto, VBFD; Abby Harms, HFD; along with Katie Hodge, NNFD; and Stacy Carrol, NNFD; competed in a five-event relay including climbing a five-story tower, hoisting and dragging hoses, using a sledge hammer, and rescuing a life-sized, 175-pound "victim" as they race against themselves, their opponent, and the clock.

The Firefighter Combat Challenge was developed more than 10 years ago as a competition for firefighters to encourage fitness and demonstrate the profession's rigors. STIHL is the official sponsor of the Women of STIHL World Champion Firefighter Combat Challenge relay team, as well as Team STIHL men's relay team.