Firestyle Officially Sponsors The British Firefighter Challenge

The British Firefighter Challenge 2016 took place on Saturday 30th July at the Jubilee Campus of Nottingham University. The one day event saw over 70 operational firefighters from all over the world taking part, from countries including; Germany, Austria, Croatia, and even Kuwait.

The representing English fire and rescue services were Suffolk, London, Merseyside, Humberside, Hertfordshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire. The event raised money for The Fire Fighters Charity.

Firefighters competed in a series of operational tasks, which included; stair running, hauling aloft, forcible entry techniques, hose running, equipment carrying, and a casualty race. Finishing times ranged from the winning time of 2 minutes and 44 seconds by German competitor Joachim Posanz, to just over 7 minutes.

The idea for the British Firefighter Challenge started when a group of British firefighters attended the European Championships of the Toughest Firefighter Alive in Hannover, Germany back in June 2015. After many competitors had expressed their desires for a competitive UK event, talks ensued.

Watch manager Kevin Ruane MBE from the Nottinghamshire fire and rescue service was Team GB co-ordinator, and following discussions with Team GB members, promptly decided to move forward with the event.

The organisational team consisted of Ken Ruane and Chris Trendowicz from Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, John Gregory from Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, and Michael Joseph and Rob Budge from Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service. They set about planning the event as a major international competition to meet the high standards demonstrated to them at a number of other locations around the world.


All equipment was generously gifted towards the event from major fire service equipment companies, including; specialist forcible entry machines custom made from blueprints, drill dummies, pumps and hoses, and breathing apparatus sets. Such generosity was much appreciated, as the event itself would never have been able to run without the support from every contributor, including the volunteers too.

After the competition, the award ceremony was held at the Atrium in Jubilee Campus, and awards were presented on a Firestyle-clad podium.

The Events:

Stage 1 – Stair Ascent
Competitors will start at the base of the three story tower, both feet on the ground, competitors may have one or both hands on the hand rails provided prior to the stair climb. On the sounding of the start horn, the competitor will ascend the stairs to the top of the tower. Competitors may climb more than one step at a time on the way up but they must use the external handrail provided at all times within the marked off areas.

Stage 2 – Haul Aloft
Once a competitor has reached the top of the tower, they must haul up one length of 70mm delivery hose, this must be hauled over the guard rail provided and then placed into the box provided.

Stage 3 – Stair Descent
Upon placing the hose in the box, the competitor must then descend the tower to the ground floor, whilst descending the stairs, the competitor must step on every single step and have one hand on the external handrail within the marked off areas.

Stage 4 – Corhaven Force Machine
Following the stairs, the competitor then proceeds by the marked route to the Corhaven Force Machine. The competitor must have both feet on the platform and using the hammer provided, hit the weight the full distance of the Corhaven machine.

Stage 5 – Angus fire Hose Drag
The competitor will connect a length of 70mm lay flat delivery hose to a portable pump delivery, they will then go to the end of the hose, pick up the branch and drag the hose 60 metres to a marker line, the branch must be dropped over the line to complete this section.

Stage 6 – Angus fire Hose Make Up
Following the hose drag, the competitor will proceed to the hose make up area where one length of 70mm lay flat delivery hose will be rolled out on the floor, the competitor must roll up the hose and once completed, carry it to the box provided and place it inside. The hose must be placed fully inside the box.

Stage 7 – Foam Container Carry
Four foam containers will be collected from one area and placed in another area a short distance away, the containers must be placed in the marked area provided and not thrown or slid into the area.

Stage 8 – Casualty Rescue
A 70 kg Ruth Lee drill dummy must be dragged from it’s location to a finish line, the competition will be completed only when the dummy is completely over the finish line.

The Results:

Below are the results from the day.

1st 2nd 3rd
18 – 29 Yrs Jens Ludeke John Gregory Sören Warzok
30 – 39 Yrs Martin Hebenstreit Rob Budge Dave Budge
40 – 49 Yrs Joachim Posanz Lee Phillips Richard Wilds
50 – 59 Yrs Rolando Paul Smith Kev Ruane
Ladies Group Bex Sims Petra Buresch Laura Noble
British John Gregory Lee Phillips Rob Budge
Overall Joachim Posanz Jens Ludeke John Gregory


TFA X-Cross Hertfordshire Heroes Miss-fits
Joachim Posanz Michael Joseph Dave Budge
Jens Walter Robert Budge Lee Phillips
Magnus Metje Mark Harrison Ollie Mayo
Soren Warzok Terry Funnel Tim Bishop


1 TFA X-CROSS 2.13
2 Hertfordshire Heroes 2.18
3 Miss-fits 2.31
4 David Ziaja 2.31
5 Robin Hoods Outlaws 2.33
6 Leicester Foxes 2.34
7 Humberside FRS 2.37
8 Team Sauerland 2.42
9 Win or Lose we Booze 2.53
10 International Kings 2.54
11 Suffolk FRS 2.58
12 Merseyside 3.15
13 Old and Bald 3.19


Gold TFA X-Cross 2.07
Silver Hertfordshire Heroes 2.29
Bronze Miss-fits 2.21
4th David Ziaja 2.30

For information about future events please visit the British Firefighter Challenge Facebook page.