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New for 2022 - Firefighter Fitness Challenge

We will be making the UKRO Festival of Rescue 2022 a really inclusive and interactive experience for anyone who works in the fire and rescue services, and as part of that we are introducing an extra challenge this year which is open to everyone – the Firefighter Fitness Challenge!

Based on the national fireground fitness test, the challenge will be open to any member of fire service staff, not just operational firefighters. We are keen to see applicants from all parts of the fire and rescue service – from station-based staff to fire control, IT to administration.

The competition will also be divided into five age categories:

  • 18-30
  • 31-40
  • 41-50
  • 51-55
  • 55+

This video provides a full run through of the test, to let you know what you're letting yourself in for!

Firefighter carrying weight as part of firefighter fitness assessment

Entering the challenge

The quickest two participants in each category to complete the test while meeting all the test standards (e.g. only running/jogging when permitted, completing each 25m fully) can be put forward for the national finals. They will then compete at the UKRO Festival of Rescue event on 30 September and 1 October against the top performers from services around the country. We’re asking all participating services to provide details of their entrants for the national finals by 12 August 2022 using the button below.

How you choose your Firefighter Fitness Challenge competitors in each category is up to you. In the West Midlands, we’re encouraging all our staff to have a go, and offering full support and non-competitive “have a go” sessions to staff who may have no experience at the fireground fitness test. Several challenge qualifying rounds will then take place throughout our Summer of Rescue to find our qualifiers!

If you want any further details about running the fitness challenge in your service or how to nominate your participants, please contact Sacha Quinney – [email protected]



Posted on May 31, 2022

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