The first ever UK Firefighters Sky Tower Challenge Event took place on Sunday 28th October and saw over 8 Brigades represented.  Entries compiled of both teams and individuals.

Participants registered at Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Services Training Centre, where they got changed into their kit and were fitted with a BA set.  They were then bused down to the start of the challenge at the CIS Building.

Here they were given timing chips and when they only had one minute to go – put on their masks and turned on their air supply – then they were off!

The average time to climb the 23 floors was between 5.45 and 6.45 minutes as different tactics were used to achieve this challenge.

The winning team were from Guernsey Fire and Rescue Service (pictured right) who raced up the tower in a fantastic time of 18 mins and 50 seconds. They also had a second celebration when team member Alex Clark ran the tower in an astonishing 3 mins and 55 seconds and took the title of the fastest male.

The guys have appeared on Guernsey TV to celebrate their success .  Team Captain Pete Saunders stated “As soon as I finished I collapsed on the sofa there, I wasn’t very happy but now I’m absolutely buzzing.”

The fastest Female title was taken by Firefighter Laura Evans, from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, who ran the tower in an impressive 6 minutes and 32 seconds.  Laura even beat some of the guys!

Operation Florian would like to thank all volunteers, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and all the participants for a great day.

Look out for next years event, that will be announced in the near future.