Six Hailsham firefighters represented East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (ESFRS) at the World Firefighter Games in London last weekend (21st October).
The crew were also amongst the representatives from ESFRS who went to New York on the tenth anniversary of 9/11 last year.
Hailsham firefighter Jason Hull said:
“Three hundred and forty three firefighters lost their lives trying to save others. We never know what we may or may not get called to and once a firefighter always a firefighter, no matter where you are in the world.
“We wanted to show our respects, as we did as a crew last year, at the tenth anniversary of 9/11 in New York, representing the Service and presenting an ESFRS plaque to the New York Fire Department Fire Chief.”
The crew saw the World Firefighter Games as another opportunity to show their respect for fellow firefighters across the world, as well as representing ESFRS.
Running concurrently with the Games, which were held at the ExCel London Exhibition and Convention Centre last weekend, was the first international ‘Tunnel 2 Towers’ run in London, which the crew also took part in alongside other representatives from ESFRS.
“We are a very charitable Watch - taking part in walks, runs, fire engine pulls and car washes and it seemed fitting, as we were there for the tenth anniversary, that this year we attended the World Fire Fighter Games in London as well as running in full fire kit in the first Tunnel 2 Towers London run.
“It seemed particularly fitting as it’s the Olympic year and London hosted the games to take part in this event as a mark of respect.”
The Hailsham firefighters who took part included Steve Blunt, Mark Farley, Ali Burton, Jason Hull, Tim Brown and Michael Holloway.