The British Firefighter Challenge 2019 will take place this month on Watford High Street. This tough event will see firefighters complete a series of challenges including the Hose Drag, Container Carry and the Casualty Rescue.
The British Firefighter Challenge is a not for profit sporting event, open to operational firefighters across the UK. This year 250 competitors have registered to take part, from 16 Nations. The event raises money for the Firefighters Charity, and this year will be aiming to raise £10,000.
The firefighters must complete eight challenges, whilst wearing their protective gear.
The challenges begin with the Stair Ascent, where the competitor must get to the top of a three storey tower in the quickest possible time. At the top of the tower the second challenge, the Hose Haul, takes place.
For the Hose Haul, a 70m hose must be pulled up over the guard rail and placed in a box. The Stair Descent then takes place, where the firefighter must descend back down the tower, making sure they step on every step, with one hand on the handrail at all times.
Next up is the Corhaven Force, where a heavy weight is hit with a heavy hammer. Then comes the Hose Drag and Hose Make-up, consisting of dragging a 70m hose, and rolling up a long hose and placing it in a box. For the Container Carry, four 20kg foam containers must be carried to the designated area.
The final challenge is the Casualty Rescue, involving a 70kg dummy, which must be dragged over the finish line.
The challenge is a competition for firefighters, organised by firefighters, and is free to go along and watch.
When: 27th & 28th July 2019
Where: Watford High Street, Watford WD17 1LU
£: Free to watch (donations welcome for the Firefighters Charity)
More info: www.britishfirefighterchallenge.co.uk