London set to host 'firefighters Olympics'

18-20 October 2012, ExCeL London

Adrenaline packed challenges, daring James Bond style rescues, hundreds of firefighters from across the world, London’s fittest firefighter competition – the World Rescue Challenge will have it all.

The WRC, which is being billed as the ‘firefighter Olympics,’ is a free event and is being held at ExCeL London, which is an Olympic venue. It will see teams of firefighters from across the globe competing to see which country has the world’s top rescuers. Crews will compete to see who can rescue people from crashed cars the quickest; perform first aid on accident victims in the most effective way, and will even feature a parachutist crash landing in the docks outside, only to be rescued by firefighting rescue teams on speedboats.

Great for families, the event will also feature ‘Community Safety World,’ which has a life-size hazard house where kids can learn about fire safety, meet firefighters, and be introduced to our special fire dogs, who are used to investigate how fires start. Practise penalty shoot outs with West Ham United, watch our rapping firefighters perform, and see what happens when you throw water on a deep fat fryer fire – all at this fantastic free day out.

Media are invited to film challenges, speak to the world’s fittest firefighters, interview firefighters involved in the challenges and photograph the event.

What: World Rescue Challenge 2012

Where: ExCeL London

When: Thursday 18 October – Saturday 20 October 2012

You can find more information and apply for free tickets for the event here:


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