5th World Firefighters Games; Durban, South Africa
17 to 23 May 1998
The hotels on the Durban beachfront proved a picturesque setting for the Durban Games. The opening ceremony was an outstanding cultural performance and ideal weather conditions prevailed as athletes competed in their events. Athletes and visitors experienced a 'taste of South Africa' whilst devouring the cuisine offered by the hosts. An added bonus was the safari tours and the experience of seeing the animals 'up close and personal'.
Toughest Firefighter Alive
The 'blue ribbon' event of the World Firefighters Games, the Toughest Firefighter Alive, is the most gruelling event of the entire competition. It is a test of great strength and endurance. This event encompasses;
- 3 events establishing hose, obstacle and weight activities
eg 2.5 km run wearing 20 kg backpack, tunnel crawl wearing breathing apparatus
- 1 event in a climbing activity using local terrain
eg 21 floor stair climb wearing breathing apparatus.
Overall Winner, Men: D Ray, Australia. 08:06:96
Overall Winner, Women: A Henss, USA. 14:18:00 (three-time winner and current record holder)