Firefighters to show their skills Saturday

For the first time this year, the public is being invited to a demonstration of skills by firefighters.

The event called Desafío de Bomberos 2014, “Fireman Challenge 2014,” marks the 149th anniversary of the Cuerpo de Bomberos.

The skills will be displayed Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Mall Paseo de las Flores. There will be separate categories for male and female fire fighters.

Many of the events are races against the clock. As an example the fire agency said that a participant might have to go up a five-story building shouldering a heavy hose. Another event is marksmanship with the stream of a fire hose.

Fire equipment weighs 23 kilos (50.4 pounds), the agency notes, so participants already are carrying some weight. In another event the firemen are expected to carry an 80-kilo (175-pound) dummy some distance.

The fire agency promises realistic events like this from 2013.

The fire agency promises realistic events like this from 2013.

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