South African team participates in Aramco’s Fire Protection Department Toughest Firefighter Alive, Saudi Arabia
Participants from around the world competed in Aramco’s Fire Protection Department Toughest Firefighter Alive, held in Saudi Arabia. The four-day event featured teams from Brazil, Germany, South Africa, the UK and across Saudi Arabia. South Africa’s Emile Conrad of Garden Route District Municipality and Baigum Abrahams and Alno Kroon of City of Cape Town participated in this year’s event.
Conrad came third in the TFA Qualifiers and fourth overall in the Final Toughest Firefighter Alive Competition. Conrad and Abrahams, joined by a Saudi Arabian fire fighter came first in the TFA relay competition. The relay challenge teams were mixed teams to integrate males and females as well as different team members. Kroon took part with another relay team.
Abrahams also came third overall in the TFA Female category and first in the PPE challenge.
Kroon won gold in the PPE Challenge.
Aramco’s Fire Protection Department hosted its annual Firefighter Challenge recently at the iconic King Abdulaziz Centre for World Culture (Ithra) tower. The challenge showcased the remarkable abilities of our protective heroes, and for the first time, fire fighters from all over the world joined the battle to become “Toughest Firefighter Alive
Aramco president and CEO Amin Nasser inaugurated the event and took the opportunity to recognise Aramco’s winners at the Firefighters World Games 2022 in Portugal, represented by gold medal winner Abdulrahman S Khurayji. Also supporting the competition was senior vice president of HR and Corporate Services Nabeel A Al-Jama’, and vice president of Safety and Industrial Security Aali M Al-Zahrani.
The four-day event comprised of hotly contested challenges between international, local and Aramco divisional teams, including those from Brazil, Germany, South Africa and the UK, as well as Civil Defence, Aramco Joint Venture companies, the Saudi Electricity Co and more.
This event is part of our continuous effort to have our mindset and body strength ready to protect lives and save assets at all times”, said Aramco fire fighter Faisal H Al-Dalbahi. “Our performance during the competitions is a reflection of our non-stop daily training for our duty … saving lives and protecting assets is the key motivation for us,” Al-Dalbahi added.
South Africa’s Emile Conrad said, “The Saudi Aramco Feel the Burn TFA competition was a spectacular event and it was organised at a world class Olympic level of excellence. Part of the organisers’s objectives was to show appreciation to all the fire fighter for the work they do… I can speak for everyone by saying, we were blown away by the level of excellence the event was organised at and definitely felt soo much appreciation, love and from all the Saudi fire fighters, Saudi Aramco management and Saudi community.”
Marie C Schumann, a volunteer fire fighter from Germany, was named the stair run winner for the International Female Challenge. “Helping and rescuing others with the team is something I always wanted to do. After my day job and in my free time, even in the middle of the night, I’m ready to respond,” she said.
Jens Lüdeke, a passionate fire fighter from Germany, agreed with Schumann’s sentiment, “I have been part of different fire fighter championships since 2010 and the toughness of these competitions make us healthier and keep us going.”
In addition to the heroism on display, parades of fire trucks (some even offering a ride), food vendors and the opportunity to try on protective clothing and tackle simulated fires kept audiences entertained.
In addition to the fire fighters challenge, there was another challenge for the children, comprising of entertaining awareness and fire fighting tasks. The programme attracted many participants and was extended, as per the direction of the CEO.
The Toughest Firefighter Alive (TFA) results
First place: Jens Ludeke (Germany) - 5 mins 6 secs.
Second place: Jonn Leonard (United Kingdom) - 5 mins 26 secs.
Third place: Adnan Qatifi (Saudi Arabia) - 5 mins 27 secs
First place: Sara Gomez (Brazil) - 6 mins 33 secs.
Second place: Clara Seo (Brazil) - 6 mins 44 secs
Third place: Baigum Abrahams (South Africa) - 7 mins 52 secs
National Toughest Firefighter Alive (TFA) 20+yrs category
First place: Husain Al Yami (Northern Remote Area)
Second place: Nawaf Kadi (Western Region)
Third place: Abdullah Alaryani (Saudi Aramco)
National Toughest Firefighter Alive (TFA) 30+yrs category
First place: Mansour Dossary (ABQ Division)
Second place: Mutiq ALSubbaiy (Saudi Aramco)
Third place: Abdullah Halawani (Western Region)
National Winners (Feel the Burn 2022)
First place: Saudi Aramco
Second place: Civil Defense
Third place: SATORP
Aramco Fire Protection Department (Winners)
First place: Northern Remote Area
Second place: Western Region Division
Third place: Udhailiyah Division
International Winners (Stair Run Challenge-Male)
First place: Jens Ludeke (Germany)
Second place: Fahad Jaafri (Saudi Aramco)
Third place: Emile Conrad (South Africa)
International Winners (Stair Run Challenge) Female
First place: Marie Schumann (Germany)
Second place: Sara Gomez (Brazil)
Third place: Clara Seo (Brazil)
Sources: Aramco Life, Emile Conrad
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