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Saturday, November 3, 2012 - 8:51pm
EL PASO — The El Paso Fire Department hosted the 6th Annual Kipp Hall Firefighter Combat Challenge at the El Paso Fire Training Academy on Saturday.
More than 80 local firefighters and area students climbed the tower in full firefighter gear, and completed a course similar to what firefighter trainees must endure.
The challenge is named in honor of Kip Hall, who worked for the El Paso Fire Department and Combat Challenge team for more than 10 years before he lost his battle with cancer.
Captain Dave Valero with the El Paso Fire Department said Hall remained strong through it all.
"In 3 minutes and 20 seconds, Kip Paul changed the world of firefighters, and it's something that he did after 60 days of chemo and radiation. He went out to Tyler, Texas with the team, the Firefighter Combat Challenge Team, and competed. What you're seeing out here is what he called the meat and potatoes of firefighting," said Valero.
The event was free and open to the public.