The 3M Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge tests the mettle of firefighters from across the United States and Canada at Berkshire Crossing in Pittsfield. Firefighters compete in a series of strength and endurance tests wearing "full bunker gear" and breathing apparatuses to simulate the real-life physical demands of firefighting. 

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Stephanie Zollshan has been a photojournalist for The Berkshire Eagle since 2011. She is a Boston University graduate whose work has been featured in publications around the world. Stephanie can be reached at