LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — The Lexington Fire Department is moving on to compete in a national Firefighter Challenge after their triumph in the Southwest Regional Championship.

The Lexington Fire Combat Challenge team beat the heat in Las Vegas over the weekend.

The challenge’s goal is to promote and showcase the skills and athleticism of America’s firefighter heroes in a sports competition, according to the Firefighter Combat Challenge. It puts a variety of skills to the test, like climbing a five-story tower in full bunker gear, and only the top firefighters in America will come out on top.

Competitors go head-to-head in five different challenges: the high-rise hose pack carry, hose hoist, forcible entry, hose advance, and victim rescue. Lexington firefighter Andrew Cook finished second overall in individual challenges, and Cook, along with his teammate, Lexington firefighter Sarah McGill, finished second in coed tandem challenges.

The whole Lexington Fire Combat Challenge team will advance to the national competition held Sept. 6–9 in Alabama.