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Dalton firefighter takes top spot in statewide competition

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DALTON, GA (WRCB) -- The heat and humidity didn't keep firefighters in Georgia from giving their all on Thursday. Dozens of firefighters from across the state took on a challenge, competing to see who is the state's "Toughest Firefighter."

There's nothing like a friendly competition. And each year, firefighters from across the state of Georgia get together to show off their skills, build camaraderie, and win bragging rights.  

"Everything we did here today [is] like a real fire scene," said firefighter Gary Baggett .

For the first time in its 28 year history, the Georgia Police and Fire Games competition is being held in Dalton.  

Emergency workers ranging in age from 20-something to 40-something exhibit the agility and life-saving talents they use on the job every day. Some are competing for the first time, while others participate year after year, adapting this year to a new course in Dalton.

"It's a tough course, short, it's a really good time," said Jon Lent.  

With some 400 competitors, not everyone takes home a trophy, however. So what's the secret to becoming the toughest firefighter in Georgia?

"The main thing is keeping your composure…pacing, pacing, pacing," explained Sal Gangi.
A Dalton firefighter claimed Thursday's top prize. Robbie Townsend placed first in the "Toughest Firefighter" competition.

The games continue through Saturday, and will return to Dalton next year.

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