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Firefighter challenge kicks off in Lexington on Saturday

The 2010 Lexington regional Firefighter Combat Challenge will be held this weekend at the Hilton Suites at 205 Lexington Green Circle.

More than 70 teams from fire departments in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Alabama will compete in this year's challenge for trophies, bragging rights and a spot in the national firefighter competition in Las Vegas.

Firefighters, wearing full gear, will go head to head in several fire-themed events, including five-story climbs, hose dragging, and rescuing 175-pound dummies.

Events begin at 1 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday. The event is free and open to the public.