South Africa Team takes part at World Firefighter Games in Lisbon, Portugal
A team of fire fighters from South Africa is currently taking part in the World Firefighter Games in Lisbon, Portugal. The games started on 30 April and will continue until to 7 May 2022. City of Cape Town’s Dino Levendall said, “We are 24 fire fighters all participating in the WFG2022 in Lisbon. 23 are from the City of Cape Town and one is from the Garden Route District Municipality.”
“We are taking part in different events from track and field, half marathon, cycling, stair run, Toughest Firefighter Alive and tug-of-war. Our flight was with Emirates on the 27th and landed in Portugal on the 28th. We will be here for the full duration of the games which starts on 30 April 2022 and ends on 7 May 2022.”
The World Firefighters Games is an international sporting event that welcomes all full-time, part-time, volunteer, retired, structural and bush fire fighters, fire service support personnel, aviation fire services, military emergency response personnel, and their immediate direct family from all across the globe.
The games are held biennially in different countries and offer more than 50 different sports and challenges including archery, rugby sevens, windsurfing, poker, swimming, athletics, and softball, with the "Toughest Firefighter Alive" being the blue riband event.
The games began in 1988 with the first-ever World Firefighters Games held in Auckland, New Zealand from 22 to 29 April 1990. This initial outing drew 1 800 athletes and 1 400 supporters from 17 countries. The purpose of the games was to introduce the four following concepts within the services:
We wish our Team all the best. Good luck to all!
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