Proud team: Queenstown volun teer fireys, from left, Julien Facci, Lee Winter, Claire Jones, Jesse Johnson, Mark O’Sullivan and Sam Stafford-Bush at the National Firefighter Challenge prizegiving in Wellington PICTURE: HOLLY ALDRED

Two Queenstown volunteer fireys will be feeling a different type of heat this October.

After an impressive performance at the National Firefighter Challenge in Wellington last weekend, Claire Jones and Samuel Stafford-Bush have secured spots at the World Firefighter Challenge, being held in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Firefighter Challenge — dubbed the toughest two minutes in sport — includes five extreme firefighting-related challenges, such as
climbing a six-storey tower carrying a length of 70mm flaked hose, which tips the scales at 19kg.

Jones, a local legend, came fourth in the 40-and-under category at last year’s World Firefighter Challenge, and fifth woman overall, in 2 minutes, 27 seconds.

In last weekend’s race, she was the second female, and even managed a new PB, 2mins 26 secs.

Stafford-Bush placed 11th last weekend, in 1min, 52secs.

The pair also competed in the co-ed tandem race, finishing second, and made a Queenstown record, completing the course in 1min, 39secs.

The relay team, comprising Jones, Stafford-Bush, Julien Facci, Lee Winter and Jesse Johnston, finished fourth overall.

Meantime, Jones says she and Stafford-Bush already have a game plan for the United States — starting with training six days a week.

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