Competitive team Firesports Bergstrasse tells us everything about the NYC Memorial Stair Climb in an interview, gives training tips and reveals future goals.
We have been supporting competitive team Firesports Bergstrasse since 2018 with the Eska fire brigade glove TRITON 5and now want to get to know the team of firefighters and passionate competitors a little better. In this interview, they tell us about the NYC Memorial Stair climb, give us training tips for beginners and reveal their goals for the future. Have fun browsing!
When did you join the fire department?
We are all members of fire brigades on Bergstrasse in Baden. We are professional, volunteer and factory fire fighters. Most of us began our firefighting careers with the volunteer fire brigade. Some of us turned our hobby into our profession. We have been affiliated with the volunteer fire brigade from between 10-25 years, including our affiliation with the youth fire brigade. We have been professional fire fighters for our respective fire departments for between 4-12 years.
How long have you been taking part in competitions?
We started participating in competitions in 2015. We had the idea in 2013/2014. Our first competition was the Stair run in Berlin back in 2015. This is where we got our first taste for the competition and started to get together with other fire fighters. The result was the Fire Sports Bergstrasse team. Until today, we take part in 10-12 competitions at home and abroad each year.
What was the biggest challenge for you?
The biggest competition was definitely the Memorial Stair Run this year. It was also the most special competition we have participated in so far (approx. 400 solo starters).
How did you get to the New York Stair run?
If you are regularly involved in firefighting and are looking for new challenges, you will inevitably come across the Memorial Stair run in New York. For us, this happened almost two years ago. We had planned to participate in the 2017 and 2018 races, but never actually managed to get onto the start line, as it involved a considerable amount of organisation effort. In 2019 though, it finally all worked out and it will certainly not be the last time 😉
How does the NYC Stair run differ from a normal Stair run?
The “New York City Memorial Stair Climb” is an event that has been taking place since 2015. More than 400 fire fighters and policemen climb the 80 floors of the World Trade Center.” Each participant takes part in commemoration of the 343 firefighters and 60 policemen who died in the terror attack on 11 September, 2001, or who died over the following days as a result of the injuries they sustained there. The competitive side is not the focus here, because the event is primarily a commemorative one. This is the biggest difference to the races in Germany, for example. But also, the height of 80 floors is not something that is found too often in Europe, and therefore represents a challenge of its own.
Do you have any training tips for beginners?
If you decide to do fire brigade sports, you have to do a lot for it. The first thing you should think about is what you want to achieve. What kind of fire brigade sport do I want to do? What do I have to do? Are there teams near me that I can join or get tips from? Where do I start? Once these questions have been answered, you can start training. In addition to the general basics such as endurance and strength, the link between the two is particularly important. Strength/endurance, functional fitnessand sprintsoffer a good basis for final pre-competition competition training.
How do you finance your passionate hobby?
We finance the competitions almost entirely ourselves. We are provided with a vehicle including fuel costs and some of the registration fees are reimbursed. We also get support for our competition clothing providers 🙂 A large part of our annual vacation is invested in competing in events. We often combine participating in competitions with holidays and short getaways.
What are your goals for the future?
We want to continue to improve. Become faster and stronger. We are already planning to participate in the World Firefighter Combat Challenge in the USA in 2020. There are also many staircases in the USA on the agenda. We will see what the future holds for us. It certainly won't get boring, that’s for sure! 🙂
Thank you for the interesting interview and the insights into your hobby.