No sirens needed for a high tempo


No sirens needed for a high tempo
Award ceremony for the world's fastest firefighters at the Datev Challenge Roth

They are not only quick when it comes to saving people in distress. Also away from their sirens, they are pretty fast – the firefighters who participated in DATEV Challenge Roth. At the fire station, the best single starters and relay teams among them  were honored in an award ceremony..

For years, Challenge Roth has doubled as the world championship of the firefighters and last Sunday, once again, an international field fought for the title.

Kathrin Walchhöfer (Team Challenge) and Roth's mayor Ralph Edelhäußer, together with representatives of the bank „Sparkasse Mittelfranken-Süd“ and the insurancy company „Bayerischen Versicherungskammer“ – both massive supporters of the firefighter world championship – handed out the trophies.

„They are all winners“, stresses Florian Ramsl (Bayerische Versicherungskammer). The achievment of every single one who decided to face the challenge of the Challenge, „deserves a lot of respect“.

Edelhäußer points out, how remarkable it is, that 2 of the 54 firefighters who finished the race did this in under 9 hours: Lukas Krypec (8:47:31) from the Czech Republic, who is now the new world champion, and second-placed Jaime Azpleta (8:52:51) from Spain. Xavier Depart from Belgium finished third (9:09:13).

First among the relay teams were the Britons Mark Crawford, Peter Stainer and Neuil Hopkins (9:57:54 h), followed by two German teams: Firefighters Aschaffenburg (Andreas Wenzel, Roland Hahn and Frank Jacobs) in 10:56:43 hours and from Wombach Maria Werner, Robin Krimm and Markus Kübert in 11:18:48 hours.


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