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Fire academy hosts Blood, Sweat and Stairs

U.S. Army Pfc. Austin Reyhe, 344th Military Intelligence Battalion student, starts his run for the 3rd Annual Blood Blood, Sweat and Stairs competition at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 15, 2016. Reyhe took a fitness test before coming to the event, and his team placed in second. The competition is held each year to honor the first responders of 9/11, however the 312th TRS rescheduled it this year due to bad weather. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Army Pfc. Austin Reyhe, 344th Military Intelligence Battalion student, starts his run for the 3rd Annual Blood Blood, Sweat and Stairs competition at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 15, 2016. Reyhe took a fitness test before coming to the event, and his team placed in second. The competition is held each year to honor the first responders of 9/11, however the 312th TRS rescheduled it this year due to bad weather. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Army Sgt. Juana Santos, 344th Military Intelligence Battalion supply sergeant, scales a set of stairs at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, during the 3rd Annual Blood, Sweat and Stairs competition, Oct. 15, 2016. During the competition, contestants had to climb the stairs of several training buildings on the fire training pad. The competition is held each year to honor the first responders of 9/11, however the 312th TRS rescheduled it this year due to bad weather. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Army Sgt. Juana Santos, 344th Military Intelligence Battalion supply sergeant, scales a set of stairs at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, during the 3rd Annual Blood, Sweat and Stairs competition, Oct. 15, 2016. During the competition, contestants had to climb the stairs of several training buildings on the fire training pad. The competition is held each year to honor the first responders of 9/11, however the 312th TRS rescheduled it this year due to bad weather. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Edwards/Released)

Merce Figuerna, Blood, Sweat and Stairs participant, finishes the 3rd Annual Blood, Sweat and Stairs competition at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 15, 2016. Blood, Sweat and Stairs pitted civilians and service members against each other in a battle of the fittest. The competition is held each year to honor the first responders of 9/11, however the 312th TRS rescheduled it this year due to bad weather. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Edwards/Released)

Merce Figuerna, Blood, Sweat and Stairs participant, finishes the 3rd Annual Blood, Sweat and Stairs competition at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 15, 2016. Blood, Sweat and Stairs pitted civilians and service members against each other in a battle of the fittest. The competition is held each year to honor the first responders of 9/11, however the 312th TRS rescheduled it this year due to bad weather. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Edwards/Released)

A 3rd Annual Blood, Sweat and Stairs participant grabs kettlebells at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, during the competition, Oct. 15, 2016. Competitors had to complete various physical challenges during the course to include running up and down flights of stairs, pushups and rope pulling a fire hose. The competition is held each year to honor the first responders of 9/11, however the 312th TRS rescheduled it this year due to bad weather. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Edwards/Released)

A 3rd Annual Blood, Sweat and Stairs participant grabs kettlebells at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, during the competition, Oct. 15, 2016. Competitors had to complete various physical challenges during the course to include running up and down flights of stairs, pushups and rope pulling a fire hose. The competition is held each year to honor the first responders of 9/11, however the 312th TRS rescheduled it this year due to bad weather. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Dahee Park, Marine Corps Detachment student, pulls a firehose at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, during the 3rd Annual Blood, Sweat and Stairs competition, Oct. 15, 2016. Dahee ran the fastest time for females at 12 minutes and 55 seconds. The competition is held each year to honor the first responders of 9/11, however the 312th TRS rescheduled it this year due to bad weather. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Dahee Park, Marine Corps Detachment student, pulls a firehose at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, during the 3rd Annual Blood, Sweat and Stairs competition, Oct. 15, 2016. Dahee ran the fastest time for females at 12 minutes and 55 seconds. The competition is held each year to honor the first responders of 9/11, however the 312th TRS rescheduled it this year due to bad weather. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Edwards/Released)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- The 312th Training Squadron and the Military Firefighter Heritage Foundation hosted the 3rd Annual Blood, Sweat and Stairs at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy Oct. 15.

The competition is held each year to honor the first responders of 9/11, however the 312th TRS rescheduled it this year due to bad weather.

“It’s a physical and mental challenge to give people the appreciation of what firefighters do every single day,” said Tech Sgt. Roy Campos, 312th Training Squadron instructor. “I definitely think people struggle most with the stairs. Most people use the stairs every day to go up and down buildings or their house. Over here we have hundreds of steps that they need to go up and down. They need to hit every single step we have on the fire academy pad.”

During the competition, contestants not only had to climb stairs but also had to perform various other physical feats such as a kettlebell walk, pushups and navigating through tires.

“It was great,” Army Staff Sgt. Shannon Corona, 344th Military Intelligence Battalion administrator. “It’s not every day that you get to come out here and play on the equipment. I’ll do it again next year if I’m here.”