Regional competition: firefighters from Ottawa, Longueuil and Montreal on the podium

Regional competition: Ottawa, Longueuil and Montreal firefighters al on the podium

MISE À DAY

City of Ottawa firefighters won the regional Firefit sports competition on Sunday, which took place this weekend in Montreal.

Firefighters of the Ottawa delegation emerged victorious in a regional relay race which took place on Sunday at Angrignon Park. They were followed, in second and third place, by the Ville de Longueuil and Montreal teams.

In the individual race on Saturday, firefighters Jeremy Peters of Markham, Ont., and Marisa Tremblay of the City of Ottawa took first place in the men's and women.

All of them have thus become eligible for the Canadian Firefit Championship events which will take place next September, in Alberta. Participating firefighters will have to complete a series of resistance and rescue tests.

An appointment for the whole family

The regional competition took place during the first edition of the “Rendez-vous familial” organized by the Montreal Firefighters Association, on Saturday and Sunday.

This very first event for the population was ” a success that is likely to establish itself as of next year as a new, typically Montreal tradition,” the association said in a press release on Sunday.

“This Montreal firefighters' family meeting is the perfect illustration of the coexistence of sportsmanship with the convivial and friendly side of the event”, declared the head of the organizing committee, Marc-André Gosselin.

Throughout the weekend , hundreds of children were able to have fun on site thanks to inflatable games, mascots and animated activities. An exhibition of fire trucks and collectibles from the Montreal Auxiliary Firefighters Museum also allowed visitors to learn more about the history of Montreal firefighters.