London Fire Brigade

Firefighters invite you to get 'Fire Fit' this summer

27 July 2011

London Fire Brigade is set to host its first ever ‘Fire Fit’ event this Saturday at Stratford Fire Station. The event will see members of the public trying out some of the physical tests the Brigade uses when recruiting new firefighters.

The Brigade, which is heavily involved in planning for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, has recently been awarded the official 2012 Olympics Inspire mark. Fire Fit is the Brigade’s first Olympics inspired event and Stratford’s firefighters will be joined on the day by former Olympic Sprinter Darren Braithwaite, who represented Great Britain at the Atlanta Olympics, as well as at European and world championships.

Chairman of London Fire Authority’s Community Safety Committee, Cllr Susan Hall said:

“We’re thrilled to be joined by a former Olympian and to be holding our first ever Olympics inspired event in the shadow of the Olympic Park.

“Top athletes aren’t the only ones keeping fit in the run up to the Games, our firefighters certainly need to keep in shape too. They will be putting members of the public through their paces to show the sort of tests they have to take to become firefighters.”

As well as allowing people to take part in some physical firefighter exercises, people will also be able to talk to firefighters about why it’s important to stay fit and healthy themselves.

Wayne Brown, the Brigade’s Borough Commander for Newham, said:

“In a fire every second counts, which is why it’s vital to keep fit and active so you are able to escape from a fire in your home should one ever break out. This time next year, the world’s attention will be focused on Newham and we want to ensure all our residents are Fire Fit.”

At Fire Fit firefighters will also be talking to people about how to prevent fires in their homes, as well as holding a chip pan fire demonstration and promoting free home fire safety visits. A vast array of firefighting equipment and vehicles will also be on show. Other organisations, such as the Metropolitan Police, London Ambulance Service, London’s Air Ambulance will also be present.

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Notes to editors

About the event
The Fire Fit event is taking place at Stratford Fire Station, 117 Romford Road, E15 4LY on Saturday 30 July between 12pm – 4pm.

Firefighters from Stratford Fire Station’s red watch and training officers from the Brigade’s training centre in Southwark will be present at the event.