ETHEKWINI FIRE DEPARTMENT HOSTS INTERNATIONAL GRINDERS CHALLENGE
Written by: Elizabeth Kunene
The eThekwini Fire Department today hosted the 6th Grinder Challenge in North Beach.
Firefighters from around the country plunged in the two-day challenge which takes place between the 25th and 26th August. Fire fighters came together to show the public their everyday work and their ability to stay strong under challenging situations.
The challenge tests firefighters’ consistency and endurance. They have six challenges in which they have to prove that they can survive and these challenges prepairs them mentally for any life or death situation.
The Organiser, Aghmad Steel, said that he is glad the challenges are going so well.
“The obstacles that we have here for the firefighters are to demonstrate to the public the everyday challenge or job of a firefighter,” said Steel.
The first challenge is ‘hose dragging’ where a firefighter has to be able to drag the hose in a critical situation with heavy equipment. The second challenge is ‘forceful entrance’ where firefighters have to be able to break down doors simulating a real life situation. The third challenge sees firefighters carry heavy drums to be able to carry more equipment when they are on the field. The fourth challenge is running up the staircase of a building with a drum to demonstrate that they will be able to carry all their equipment when having to run up the steps during a fire. The fifth challenge is called ‘victim drag’ where participants drag a wheel simulating when they have to drag any weight of a human being and the final challenge is to run up 23 flights of stairs.
Steel also added that the reason they have the challenges open to public viewing is so that the public has confidence in the the work the Fire Department does.
“We will offer better service delivery to our community because this is not just for the public to gain confidence in us, but it’s also for the fire detriments across the country to come together and build trust within each other,” added Steel.
*Caption: The Grinder Challenge main event.