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Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy hosts 9th Annual Blood, Sweat, and Stairs event

312th Training Squadron students run a two-mile obstacle course during the Blood, Sweat, and Stairs event at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 11, 2021. The event featured a memorial physical training course to remember the firefighters and first responders who risked their lives on 9/11. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jermaine Ayers)

312th Training Squadron students run a two-mile obstacle course during the Blood, Sweat, and Stairs event at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 11, 2021. The event featured a memorial physical training course to remember the firefighters and first responders who risked and lost their lives on 9/11. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jermaine Ayers)

A 312th Training Squadron student drags a 185-pound dummy during the Blood, Sweat, and Stairs event at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 11, 2021. 10 student teams participated in multiple activities during this firefighter-oriented obstacle course. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jermaine Ayers)

A 312th Training Squadron student drags a 185-pound dummy during the Blood, Sweat, and Stairs event at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 11, 2021. 10 student teams participated in multiple activities during this firefighter-oriented obstacle course. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jermaine Ayers)

312th Training Squadron students run up the High Angle Rescue Tower during the Blood, Sweat, and Stairs event at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 11, 2021. Students ran up and down this tower to commemorate the firefighters and first responders who entered the world trade center towers to save people during the attack on 9/11. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jermaine Ayers)

312th Training Squadron students run up the High Angle Rescue Tower during the Blood, Sweat, and Stairs event at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 11, 2021. Students ran up and down this tower to commemorate the firefighters and first responders who entered the world trade center towers to save people during 9/11. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jermaine Ayers)

312th Training Squadron students drag fire hoses during the Blood, Sweat, and Stairs event at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 11, 2021. Students competed against each other to drag a fire hose and spray a target, simulating a real-world rescue scenario. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jermaine Ayers)

312th Training Squadron students drag fire hoses during the Blood, Sweat, and Stairs event at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 11, 2021. Students competed against each other to drag a fire hose and spray a target, simulating a real-world rescue scenario. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jermaine Ayers)

A 312th Training Squadron student hoists up a load using a rope during the Blood, Sweat, and Stairs event at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 11, 2021. During the challenge this activity was used to simulate hoisting tools up the side of a building, training participants for rescue scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jermaine Ayers)

A 312th Training Squadron student hoists up a load using a rope during the Blood, Sweat, and Stairs event at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 11, 2021. During the challenge this activity was used to simulate hoisting tools up the side of a building, training participants for rescue scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jermaine Ayers)

312th Training Squadron students and instructors pose for a group photo during the Blood, Sweat, and Stairs event at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 11, 2021. The event was its ninth annual and payed tribute the firefighters and first responders who lost their lives on 9/11. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jermaine Ayers)

312th Training Squadron students and instructors pose for a group photo during the Blood, Sweat, and Stairs event at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 11, 2021. This was the ninth annual event and paid tribute the firefighters and first responders who lost their lives on 9/11. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jermaine Ayers)

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The 312th Training Squadron hosted its 9th annual Blood, Sweat, and Stairs event at Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy, Sept. 11.

“The purpose of the event is to remember the firefighters, and all the first responders who lost their lives on 9/11,” said Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey Vanrees, 312th Training Squadron instructor. “During the event we hosted a memorial physical training course, and a combat challenge.”

The physical training course stretched two miles around the fire academy. Participants executed various activities that simulated obstacles and challenges first responders’ likely encountered in the attack on 9/11 . Exercises included; climbing up a 90-foot tower, burpees, push-ups, jumping jacks, kettlebell squats, and racing up and down multiple flights of stairs,

During the combat challenge, eight student teams from multiple service branches, and two prior service teams competed in a timed firefighter-oriented obstacle course. Competitors raced carrying a fire hose up a two-story building, hoisting tools up a building using a rope, hitting a 158-pound keiser sled with a nine-pound sledgehammer, dragging a 200-foot fire hose, and hauling a 185-pound dummy throughout the course.

Vanrees expressed that regardless of what course participants chose, we all are one team and we work together to complete the mission.