HISTORY of the games 

The World Firefighters Games is an international sporting event that welcomes all full-time, part-time, volunteer, retired, structural and bush firefighters, fire service support personnel, aviation fire services, military emergency response personnel, and their immediate direct family from all across the globe.
 

The games are held biennially in different countries and offer more than 50 different sports and challenges including archery, rugby sevens, windsurfing, poker, swimming, athletics, and softball, with the "Toughest Firefighter Alive" being the blue riband event.

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The games began in 1988 with the first-ever World Firefighters Games held in Auckland, New Zealand from 22 to 29 April 1990. This initial outing drew 1800 athletes and 1400 supporters from 17 countries.


The purpose of the games was to introduce the four following concepts within the services:
 

  1. To promote health and fitness
     

  2. To provide a forum for information exchange between fire services
     

  3. To foster comradeship amongst firefighters
     

  4. To encourage family participation

PREVIOUS EDITIONS

1990

AUCKLAND, NEW ZELAND

22-29 April - 1800 Athletes, 17 Countries, 34 Events

1992

Las Vegas, USA

16-22 May - 4000 Athletes, 22 Countries, 45 Events

1994

Perth, Australia

20-26 March - 2000 Athletes, 21 Countries, 48 Events

1996

Edmonton, Canada

28 July to 3 August - 2300 Athletes, 25 Countries, 54 Events

1998

Durban, South Africa

17-23 May - 1800 Athletes, 26 Countries, 55 Events

2000

Mantes-La-Jolie, France

6-13 July - 4000 Athletes, 56 Countries, 61 Events

2002

Christchurch, New Zealand

26 October to 2 November - 1500 Athletes, 30 Countries, 58 Events

2004

Sheffield, England

28 August to 4 September - 2500 Athletes, 40 Countries, 59 Events

2006

Hong Kong

18-25 February - 3000 Athletes, 37 Countries, 59 Events

2008

Liverpool, England

25 August to 3 September - 3000 Athletes, 46 Countries, 74 Events

2010

Daegu, Korea

21–29 August - 5230 Athletes, 46 Countries, 75 Events

2012

Sydney, Australia

19–28 October - 1500 Athletes, 30 Countries, 60 Events

2018

Chungju, South Korea

10–17 September - 6600 Athletes, 37 countries, 60 events