Local firefighters place third in Atlantic Regional competition
Amherst's Mark Goodwin finished the final leg of the Atlantic Regional FireFit Championship by dragging Rescue Randy. Goodwin placed fourth in the Over 40 category, and placed third along with Al Murray in the NxG2 tandem relay. Alishia Swansburg photo
AMHERST - It may have been their first time competing together, but Amherst firefighters Mark Goodwin and Al Murray meshed.
The duo had bronze medals placed around their necks for the NxG2 tandem relay at the Atlantic Regional FireFit Championship last weekend in Stephenville, NL.
The two teams to run the relay faster were both from Halifax Regional Municipality.
"To stand up there with them, it was an honour," said Goodwin, not long after returning from the competition.
The Amherst firefighters finished the relay with a time of 2:04, with two two-second penalties, which Goodwin said were from missing steps on the descent.
Because Goodwin and Murray's time was under two-and-a-half-minutes, they immediately move onto the national competition with a wildcard spot.
"I had just finished saying to Mark that it's been a while since I got a medal," said Murray. "And then they announced us for third place."
Goodwin said he had looked at their time when they finished and that it was a good time.
The fastest was 1:45.
Along with the tandem relay, both Murray and Goodwin participated in the individual category.
Murray, who had an individual time of 2:28 during the last event, beat his personal best.
"I ran a 2:18," he said.
"He had a smart, flawless, clean run. My coaches were pretty impressed," said Goodwin about his colleague.
Thanks to tips from Goodwin's trainers, Murray improved his technique for the hose pull.
"I went from 27 pulls to 10 to 12," he said.
In the Over 40 category, Goodwin didn't have a strong a showing as he was hoping for.
"I made my first flight, but on the second I missed a step and slipped.
"I lost my rhythm. It's all a mind game after that."
Goodwin said he placed fourth in his category, but isn't going to let the placing stop him.
Both firefighters are working toward the Maritime Regional FireFit Competition, scheduled for July 30 and 31 in Moncton.
They have been working with Goodwin's trainers, with a goal of making three trips up and down the tower without rest before dragging Randy.
"We're focusing on our speed on the tower," said Goodwin.