It’s difficult to wrap our minds around how European fire brigade integrate sport into their budgets. It’s not like here where everything that rings of “sport” is an arms-length relationship. You may have watched some of the events in which firefighters participate in on YouTube.
While in Kiev, the firefighters put on a demonstration for me. A video compendium can be viewed on our Vimeo account here:
Kiev Firefighters participating in sports events
Over the next several postings, I’ll be providing narrative and photos of the sights and activities from Ukraine, including the visit to Chernobyl.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Sunday, May 6, 2018
We’ve visited several of the fire stations in Ukraine, including HQ and the Training Academy. They have a maze-smoke building and an incredible gym that includes a four-lane track, pool, basketball-volleyball court.
My wife got a shot at the Jaws of Life and cut a piece of rebar. Debbie wielding the Jaws of LIfe at the Kiev FD
|Firefighters and their families live in this apartment building above the apparatus bay|
|There are four lanes for sprinting in the obstacle course where a ladder might be carried and a balance beam transversed.|
Saturday, May 5, 2018
I’m sharing with you some of the highlights from my visit to several of the fire stations in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine.
|The newest piece of apparatus is a Ford engine|
|Kiev is a city of more than 3.5M and a fire service of approximately 3500. There are over 25 stations. Julia, wife of Special Operations Chief served as our translator.|
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Travels this week take us to the capital of Ukraine, where discussions surrounding the implementation of the Firefighter Combat Challenge are taking place. Photos tell the story better than words.
We’ll continue to post more photos and narrative as the week continues. Looking for some North American competitors that would be interested in coming to Ukraine.
|View from the tower of the Headquarters Station in Kiev, Ukraine|
|Meeting with the Chief of Department and review of video of Challenge site|