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Navy firefighters compete in the Bahrain Firefighter Challenge

A firefighter with Naval Support Activity Bahrain Fire Department participates in the dragging event during a relay race as part of the Bahrain Firefighter Challenge on Saturday, March 2, 2019.

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By JOSHUA KARSTEN | STARS AND STRIPES Published: March 3, 2019

Note: This article has been corrected.

Naval Support Activity Bahrain’s fire department faced off against more than 100 firefighters representing 19 teams from nine fire departments in Manama, Bahrain, on Saturday during the annual Bahrain Firefighter Challenge.

This is the first year the Navy team has participated in the relay race, which included climbing, hammering, running, dragging and a whole lot of high-fiving.

“We formed this team about a month ago and trained day in and day out for 30 days, two or three hours a day, nonstop, and these guys have showed motivation,” said Capt. Nathan Hollway, NSA Bahrain’s team leader.

NSA Bahrain finished second in the event behind Bahrain’s Civil Defense team. The winning team will compete internationally in Dubai next year.

Petty Officer 1st Class Jeffrey Opare, an aircraft director who normally prepares for flight line emergencies, volunteered to join the team to experience training outside the Navy and show off a little, too.

“It’s a chance for us to show what we can do,” Opare said. “We don’t normally get the chance to train like this, it’s a big difference.”

This is the third year the event has taken place in Bahrain and the Navy firefighters say they plan to compete again next year.

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Correction: Capt. Nathan Hollway was the team leader for the Naval Support Activity Bahrain’s entry in the Bahrain Firefighter Challenge that was featured in Monday’s editions. His role was incorrectly listed in the article.

A firefighter with Naval Support Activity Bahrain Fire Department runs in the relay during the Bahrain Firefighter Challenge on Saturday, March 2, 2019.
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