Fayetteville Host Annual Battle in the Gorge Competition

FAYETTEVILLE,WV (WOAY) – Teamwork filled the air as firemen from throughout the state and a few from Ohio assembled to take part in this annual competition.

Day one began with a preliminary event to get the competitors prepared for whats to come this weekend.

Justin Borkoski with Rural Legends Rescue in Ohio said, “They’ve actually taken separate events that they’re doing, and some you’ll need to do during the top gun event so it’s preparing us. The judges are seeing how good we are with our skills and there going to be looking for that.”

Top gun is scenario based show down which will determine who is the best of the best

“They have advances in medicine and complicated rescue skills, they get graded on everything from how they treat the patient to how they get them rescued,” Battle in the Gorge Secretary Tracey Corbin said.

The competition began in 1975, this will mark the third time Fayette County has hosted Battle in the Gorge. Although this is a competition the event serves another purpose.

Mike Gray, Ansted Fire Chief said, “Comradery there’s friendships that’s been built here over the years at different competitions and some of the judges are ones we met competing over the years.”

Beginning at 8 a.m. participants will begin their challenges.

“This is definitely a huge team building process it brings the brotherhood together and there’s nothing better than hanging out with your best friends doing what you love,” Brenden Bobo with Rural Legends Rescue said.

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