Welsh Firefighter Challenge 2023 – a roaring success!

On June 3rd, Firefighters from across the UK, Germany and Kuwait gathered in Swansea City Centre to take part in the Welsh Firefighter Challenge, which is part of the regional race of the British Firefighter challenge. These events raise important funds for The Fire Fighters Charity which supports the mental and physical health needs of the UK Fire Family.

Each contestant was dressed in full structural firefighting kit and took part in a series of physical challenges designed to test their strength, agility, and stamina, along with showcasing their firefighting skills to the crowds of spectators. There were a total of 8 challenges that had to be completed in full, in the fastest time to win the race, and consisted of a 50m run, dummy drag, container carry and more.

Alongside the firefighter challenges, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service (MAWWFRS) hosted a ‘Community Safety Village’ along Oxford Street, where members of the public could access free safety advice and information from a variety of partnership organisations. Those that joined us on the day were: South Wales PoliceWales Safer Communities NetworkGuide Dogs CymruSwansea Neighbourhood WatchRNLISwansea Council for Voluntary ServiceSwansea CouncilWelsh Ambulance Services Trust and Swansea Council’s Young People Service.

The City Centre was alive with spectators throughout the entire day, the sun was shining and there was a real sense of community spirit in the air, with lots of cheering, chatter, and happy faces.

We’d like to say a big thank you to all that got involved and joined us on the day. We would also like to thank the event organisers; Dominic Norcross and his team, Gwenda Jenkins for co-ordinating the Community Safety Village and special thanks to MAWWFRS Fire Cadets who worked tirelessly throughout the day, re-setting the course after each challenge, as well as taking part in some of the races as well! 

Chief Fire Officer Roger Thomas said:

“The Welsh Firefighter Challenge was a highly anticipated day for all, and I am delighted to say that it did not disappoint! There was a great sense of community throughout the entire day, from the cheers of encouragement supporting the firefighters taking part in the competition, to the Community Safety Village where partners came together to promote a wide range of community engagement by offering free information and advice. Not only was the day a chance to promote physical fitness, wellbeing, and teamwork but we also raised vital funds and awareness for The Firefighter Charity.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended and got involved in making the Welsh Firefighter Challenge the huge success it was.”
The day was a huge success, and we look forward to next year.