Hailsham firemen go out in a blaze of glory at World Firefighter Games


Six Hailsham men who took part in the World Firefighter Games have dedicated their efforts to their fellow firemen.

The firemen from the town’s retained fire station represented East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (ESFRS) at the games in London on October 21. 

Running concurrently with the Games was the first international ‘Tunnel 2 Towers’ run in London, which the crew also took part in alongside other representatives from ESFRS. 

Hailsham firefighters Steve Blunt, Mark Farley, Ali Burton, Jason Hull, Tim Brown and Michael Holloway took part in the competition held at the ExCel London Exhibition and Convention Centre,

Mr Hull said: “We are a very charitable Watch - taking part in walks, runs, fire engine pulls and car washes.

“So it seemed fitting 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 crew used the Games as another opportunity to show their respect for fellow firefighters across the world after representing ESFRS in New York on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

Mr Hull said: “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 anniversary of 9/11, representing the Service and presenting an ESFRS plaque to the New York Fire Department Fire Chief.”

The first World Firefighters Games event was held in 1990, in Auckland, New Zealand.

The inaugural Games attracted thousands of international firefighters and marked the launch of a biennial celebration that unites firefighters.