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Firefighters pulling together for ultimate strength test

BY MARIA MARSELLA

It takes extreme skill and strength to be declared the Ultimate Firefighter.

So the competition was tough when the world's top firefighters were pitched against each other on Belfast's Titanic Slipways.T he competition includes dragging a 50ft of hose line and climbing a 32ft tower in the shortest time possible.

Event controller Aidan Magennis said: "These are tasks that competitors would be expected to do in a fire. Physically it tests everything, their aerobic capacity, their upper body strength, their leg strength."

Despite the exhausting competition, competitors seemed to be having lots of fun at the event.

Matthew Barltrop, from the South Australia Metropolitan Fire Service, said: "This is my first time at the games and my first time in Northern Ireland. It has been a great experience so far.

"We have done the Titanic tour and some walking around the city. Belfast is a beautiful city filled with friendly people."

Jan Hadeaka, from the Czech Republic, was absolutely loving the weather. "At home it is 33 degrees, sunny and too hot for me. Here, it is perfect," she said.

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