Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service beat off competition from Dubai and Ireland to stage the World Firefighter Games, in conjunction with the 2008 celebrations, and they’re looking to make it the best games yet.
With most of the Capital of Culture parade featuring music and art based subjects, it’s really refreshing to see a sporting programme on the agenda. Featuring events such as the muscle busting Toughest Firefighter Alive and the more tactically aware games like chess, there is something for everyone to enjoy – and it’s a great way to thank the fire crews worldwide who offer us so much protection.
With over 70 events to choose from, it’ll be an event in itself planning your timetable and choosing which competitions to see, so we’re offering our guide to the top ten events to watch out for…
The official games village of the Echo Arena will play host to the lavish opening ceremony which includes a performance from the Queen’s Irish Guards and a world record breaking ‘Hey-Jude-sing-a-thon’. Including entertainment from Brouahaha International, it’s going to be an explosive opening!
Monday 25th August, Echo Arena – 10am
TOUGHEST FIREFIGHTER ALIVE:
The TFA is the big one, the Blue Ribbon event to be crowned the Toughest Firefighter on the planet. Using St Georges Plateau as a backdrop, competitors will have Hose runs, Obstacle courses, stair climbs and other baptisms of fire to test their mettle. Do not miss this main event! Wed 27th, Thur 28th, Fri 29th, Sun 31st August, St Georges Plateau – 9am
Firefighters aren’t just humans you know, Fire dogs will also have a chance at getting gold. Skills such as agility, water rescues and cross country will be put to the test of these canines who are hoping to avoid a paw performance. Split between Croxteth Park and Dukes Dock. Tuesday 26th & Thursday 28th August, Croxteth Hall and Country Park-9am, Wednesday 27th August, Dukes Dock-9am
FIRE TRUCK CHALLENGE:
Held at the Landrover experience in Speke, this event is designed to push the driving skills of firefighters which include negotiating an obstacle course in a Land Rover Discovery and accuracy challenges. Tuesday 26th Aug, Landrover Experience – Speke, 8:30 am
Hoof it down to Aintree to see the wonderful condition these service horses are kept in. The world famous racecourse will host spectacles from dressage and show jumping over three days. A unified event for both Firemen and Firewomen to wind up the politically correct. Tuesday 26th – Thursday 28th August, Aintree racecourse-10am
Firefighters half-naked flexing their muscles and covered in oil? It’s a chance for Firefighters to show off the physique their job gives them and ladies, you’d be stupid to miss it. Tuesday 26th – 27th August, Echo Arena-10am
CYCLING TIME TRIAL
Missing the Tour de France? Don’t worry, the time trial is just one of a number of cycling events. Hosted at the Rainford bypass, competitors will have to circumnavigate a strict course, with the fastest time getting the yellow jersey. Thursday 28th August, Rainford Bypass-11am
FIRE HOUSE COOK OFF:
Following in the footsteps of MasterChef, competitors will have to create a two course meal from £15 worth of ingredients in just under two hours, whilst judging will be based on skills such as hygiene, composition and presentation. If you can’t stand the heat then stay out of the kitchen! Friday 29th August, Liverpool Community College -9am
Poker you say? It’s the Firefighters choice whilst waiting to be called to duty. The event itself kicks off at 2:30pm and the game is Texas Hold ’em. Think these guys have nerves of steel in front of a towering inferno? Let’s see how they fare when all they have is a 2 and a 4… Monday 1st Sept, Leo Casino – Queens Dock, 12pm
Competitors can unwind after the games by attending the closing ceremony at the Echo arena. A ticketed event costing £40, they’ll be treated to a fancy dinner and a full entertainment roster. Register online as tickets will sell like hot cakes! Tuesday 2nd Sept, Echo Arena – Evening
For more information: Tel: 0870 888 1888 or WEB: wfg08.com