DURANT, Okla (KTEN) -- George Washington Elementary third graders in Durant were put to the test as they competed for the chance to win in the 2022 Durant Fire Department games.

"Firefighters, first response, all different people came together to make this country a safe place and a place we can be proud of," said third grade teacher Angela Fernandez.

The students went through an obstacle course against each other while completing daily firefighter tasks.

"A ladder carry, a patient carry, putting a patient on a backboard... just a lot of activities that we felt was fun for the kids to come together as a group and enjoy some of the camaraderie we have at the fire station," said Richard Parker with the Durant Fire Department. 

Ms. Fernandez' class has bragging rights after taking home the championship belt. 

"We had to do the obstacle twice, and the first time we did it in 2 minutes and the second time we did it, we did it in a minute forty-three," she said.

The Durant Fire Department hosted the games to honor the men and women who gave their lives during the 9/11 attacks. 

"We thought it was a good opportunity to inform the kids, but also have them participate in a way that they could get some positive things out of it like, teamwork, cooperation and competition," said Parker. 

They're hoping this leaves an impact on the kids so that no one will forget the events of September 11, 2001. 

"In any history lesson, 9/11 is no different," Parker said. "If you find a way to learn and study history, then hopefully you can find a way to not repeat history."