A FIREFIGHTER from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is set to take on an international challenge to be crowned the Toughest Firefighter Alive.
Richard Mortimer, from Tamworth Green Watch, is training to take part in The 13th World Firefighters Games in Chungju, South Korea in September.
The Games include several challenges designed to test firefighter’s strength and skills. Richard has chosen to take part in a competition which will see him scale an 11 storey tower, tackle a simulated fire, drag hose up the side of a building and carry a casualty to safety.
To prepare for the Games, Richard has also entered in the Toughest Firefighter Alive challenge in Austria in May and the British Firefighter Challenge in Suffolk in July.
Richard, aged 42, said: “I’m really excited to be representing Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and England during the Games.
“I’ve always been committed to keeping fit for my role but by signing up for these competitions I will be investing a lot more of my spare time into training. One of my fellow firefighters, Mark Pearce, runs his own business as a personal trainer so I have enlisted his services to help me prepare.
“As part of my training I will be competing in some other international events to gain some competition experience ahead of the games in September.”
Mark Pearce said: “I run an online personal training service in my spare time so when I heard Richard was planning to take on this challenge I offered to work with him to help him with this training and preparation work.
“I researched the events he will be participating in and built a personalised training programme for him in order to prepare him as much as possible for the events.”