The Napanee FireFit Team is heading to Brampton on
Saturday August 11, 2012 for the Greater Toronto Area FireFit Regionals.
Set to compete is Joseph Reid, Richard Punchard and David Goodfellow. Punchard is looking to improve on his first ever posted time of 2 minutes 59 seconds at the Eastern Ontario Regionals earlier this year. David Goodfellow is hoping to better his time of 4 minutes 59 seconds posted earlier this year. Joseph Reid is hoping to stay on his feet for his event and compete with his personal best time of 1 minute 39 seconds set last year in Ottawa.
We most importantly wisht he team safe travels and to have fun!
Click on the photo to find out more information on the event. You can also follow us
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First Competition set for July 7th, 2012 - Chalk River,
David Goodfellow and Kevin Duncan
First off, thank you to all the supporters and volunteers who helped make the annual Firefighter Pancake Breakfast a success this past Canada Day weekend!
Our first competition is set to go this coming weekend when Joseph Reid, David Goodfellow and Richard Punchard travel to Chalk River, ON for the Eastern Ontario Regionals. Each team member will be competing in the individual races. This will be Richard Punchards first time competing, and we wish him the best of luck.
Click on the link to the left to find out more information on the event. You can also follow us on facebook and twitter by clicking on the links at the top of the page. We will
attempt to provide live updates as the competition progresses.
2012 Firefighter Pancake Breakfast
The annual firefighter pancake breakfast is set to take place this Canada day at the Strathcona Paper Centre. For more information, click on the flag to the left.
Training has begun for the 2012 season. Our first event of the year will be the Eastern Ontario Regionals on July 7th & 8th, 2012 in Chalk River, ON.
We hope to see everyone out at the pancake
Napanee FireFit team says farewell to John Cook
Although members of the Napanee FireFit Team were informed earlier, on Christmas Eve John Cook publicly announced that he had received a fulltime position with the Brantford Fire Department and would be leaving the team. In a team meeting absent of Cook a few days following the announcement, emotions were surprisingly mixed. Kevin Duncan was quick to point out that Wikipedia states, ‘teams normally have members with complementary skills and generate synergy through a coordinated effort which allows each member to maximize his/her strengths and minimize his/her weaknesses.’ He clarified by pointing out that Cook didn’t really compete in any FireFit event during his time with the team, and questioned whether we were really even losing a team member. Team accountant Chad Taylor built on Duncan’s point indicating that Cook was really just a financial liability. Team scientist Joseph Reid emphasized Taylor’s point indicating Cook was metaphorically like a team parasite. It was a non-mutual relationship in which the parasite (Cook) benefited at the expense of the host (Team). Team humanitarian David Goodfellow, seeming quite unsettled at this point, emphasized Reid’s point by questioning whether Cook had used the team publicity surrounding the events of last year to generate sympathy from the Brantford Fire Department. Team realist Dan Matthieu emphasized Goodfellow’s point speculating that Cook had used the injury of his hip to draw additional sympathy, mentioning he saw the line, ’its been hard picking the team up and carrying them on my back with just one good leg’ in his cover letter to Brantford. Team myth Al Hatton emphasized himself by being absent from the meeting. Team veteran Gary O’neil quickly stepped in and pointed out that the team might be going a little hard on Cook, and perhaps they should change their perception. He quickly added that Reid had already done so, and perhaps the rest should follow in a less literal sense. By the end of the meeting, the team’s perception of Cook had changed…some more than others. They released the following message to the press: ‘We would like to lend our sincerest congratulations to John Cook on becoming a fulltime firefighter with the Brantford Fire Department. We are truly proud of your accomplishment in securing a fulltime position in a profession that so many others fail to achieve. You should be proud of yourself and Brantford should be proud they attained you. You were part of the team’s healing through such a difficult time. Thank you for being there and playing your part at that moment in time. You will be greatly missed not only by the guys of the team, but by all members of the Greater Napanee Fire Department. Good luck and congratulations again to you and your family. Hope to see you at future FireFit events.’
Napanee Parade of Lights - December 3, 2011
The Napanee FireFit Combat Team will be participating in the Napanee Parade of Lights this year. The parade starts from the fairgrounds at 6:30 pm, cuts across John Street to Dundas Street, and then heads downtown.
There is a possibility that the team will be leading the
parade as this year's parade marshalls. Either way, come on out to show your support and say hello!
2011 Western Ontario FireFit Regional - Thames Centre, ON
The Napanee FireFit Combat Team started off the year in Thames Centre, ON this past Canada Day weekend. Part of the team headed up Friday afternoon and the rest of the guys along with Deputy Fire Chief Ian Shetler on Saturday morning.
All team members passed the dreaded site of last years bus accidents about 10 minutes prior to arriving at the competition. It was an emotional weekend for all team members who attended, including Joseph Reid, David Goodfellow and Chad Taylor. Deputy Chief Ian Shetler, who also made the trip in support, was involved in last years crash as well.
The weekend could be deemed nothing less than successful. David Goodfellow requested to run againt Joseph Reid while Chad Taylor was on the course in support during the run. After completing the course, Joseph Reid came back out with Taylor, who both supported Dave as he toughed out the rest of the course. Following the race, FireFit officials gave a speech, indicating to the crowd how proud they were of Dave and the Napanee FireFit team for returning after last years events. They ended the emotional speech by saying 'thanks to the Greater Napanee Fire Department for showing us what this is all about'. Chad Taylor finished off the day just four races later.
It was a great weekend overall. Results from the weekend, including pictures and video, can be found under the results/photos tab above.
The team is now gearing up for their competition in Ottawa on August 6th and 7th. The team is hoping to send more members to the event, and compete in the relay competiton as well.
First Event of 2011 - Thames Centre, ON
The Napanee FireFit Combat Team will start off the year in Thames Centre, ON this Canada Day weekend. Part of the team will be heading up Friday afternoon and the rest of the guys along with Deputy Fire Chief Ian Shetler will be heading up Saturday morning.
The team members will be passing the dreaded site of last years bus accidents about 10 minutes prior to arriving at the competition. While there is a little apprehension among some of the guys involved in last years events, they recognize this is a big part of their therapy and are looking forward to putting this weekend behind them.
Among the members attending the weekend competition are Chad Taylor, Dave Goodfellow, John Cook and Joseph Reid. Both Goodfellow and Reid were involved in last years accidents. Dave Goodfellow suffered the loss of his beloved wife Darlene Goodfellow in the events of last year and will no doubt have a tough time returning to the site, let alone competing. Reid suffered vision loss in his right eye after last years bus crash, but is looking forward to what this weekend represents therapeutically.
Before the teams heads out, they will be hosting their annual pancake breakfast at the
Strathcona Paper Centre from 7am-10am. They look forward to serving as many people as they can!
2011 FireFit Season
The 2010 FireFit year ended in tragedy after a series of accidents claimed the life of one Greater Napanee firefighter's wife while the team was returning home from an event in Windsor. Five team members and seven family members also suffered a broad range of injuries in the crashes. The accidents left the town of Greater Napanee, the Greater Napanee Fire Department, and the firefighting community across Canada in disbelief.
After a tremendous amount of support from numerous sources, the Napanee FireFit Combat Challenge Team is proud to show their strength and courage by participating in the 2011 FireFit season. Most members involved in the accident, as well as other members of the team, are back out and training for the upcoming season. While many team members are still battling injuries, everyone is working hard and anticipates the opportunity to once again represent the Greater Napanee Fire Department and the town of Greater Napanee.
The first test of the season will be July 2, 2011 when the team participates in Thames Centre, ON, only a few kilometers from the site of last years accidents.