Firefighter challenge lights a fire under East Texas economy

TYLER (KYTX) - Thousands of people turned up for the Firefighter Combat Challenge, and that means a boost to the East Texas economy.

The Tyler Convention and Visitor's Bureau expects between $300,000 and $400,000 dollars from this weekend's event.

Hundreds of competitors traveled from as far as Canada to take part in the event Friday and Saturday.

A portion of the proceeds go to Carter Bloodcare and Be the Match, an organization that helps provide marrow for transplant patients.


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