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World’s strongest firefighters to compete at world games
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Fire service personnel from all around the world will gather in Daegu for the World Firefighters Game 2010, which kicks off August 21 and will continue through August 29. Starting with the opening ceremony at Kolon Outdoor Music Hall, participants of the nine-day festival will compete in various competitive events to promote friendship, unity and passion for their job as firefighters.
The event of  “the Toughest Firefighter Ever,” the highlight of the whole competition, will be held at C&Woobang Land. Only incumbent firefighters are eligible for the competition, which tests its participants to the max. A total of 195 contestants, including thirty-two Koreans, have registered to take part in the event so far.
This event consists of four categories – the hose run, the obstacle course, the tower climb and stair climbing. Competitors are given only one attempt to complete each category, which they have to challenge at intervals of ten minutes. The competition is physically challenging and requires extremely strong willpower as well as highly delicate skill to deal with various apparatus for firefighters. About 60% of the competitors, at previous games, have failed to complete the last stage of stair climbing due to exhaustion.
Renowned global competitors will contend at this year’s World Firefighters Game, including Daniel Hallgren of Sweden, the defending 2008 champion, and the runner-up Herbert Krenn of Austria. All Korean participants belong to the national 119 Rescue Services, and are reportedly in full preparation for the competition, raising hopes for the first-ever Korean medal in the category.
Winners of the toughest firefighter ever competition will be engraved in the trophy to be handed to the next venue of the games. The awarding ceremony will be held at the EXPO Square at 7 p.m., August 27 (Friday).