The British Firefighter Challenge competition, which took place recently at De Montfort University in Leicester, has been won by Matthew Coulthard from Gibraltar.
Matt is part of the local Firefighter Combat Challenge team, who have recently been competing at different events all over the world. Participants in the British Challenge included firefighters from UK and other countries, including Australia, Germany, USA, Austria and France.
The race consisted of eight tasks which are related to firefighting duties; the competitors were really put through their paces as they had to run up a tower via internal stairs then haul a hose up externally, make their way down the stairs again to the next station and move a heavy weight with a heavy hammer (Keiser force), drag a hose along a certain distance, roll the hose and carry it to a predetermined position, collect foam drums and then drag a 70kg dummy to the finish line.
The competition proved extremely tough, but Matthew finished first, winning the gold medal and well-deserved title of British Champion. He was also invited to join a team of firefighters from Humberside, UK, for the team relay, where again his contribution to the team earned them the silver medal, narrowly missing out on becoming overall champion.
In total, he achieved three medals: British Champion (Gold), Overall (Silver) and Team Relay (Silver).
The Gibraltar Fire and Rescue Service has congratulated Matthew for his fantastic effort and outstanding achievement at this international event. In a statement, they said “Matt is a true ambassador for the GFRS and has no doubt put Gibraltar on the map once again.”