Participants must be active members of a volunteer, professional or industrial fire department and have reached the age of 18. A valid G26.3 (for German startes) with completed respiratory protection training is only required for participation in the individual competition. Each starter must be able to prove his respiratory protection fitness with an official document on the day of the competition. Athletes are responsible for their own participation. The exclusion of liability must be confirmed at the registration. The instructions of the referees must be followed.
As a standard, the starting order is determined by the personal best times of the competitors. This is already requested in the registration. If no best time is given there, the random principle decides. This means that, if possible, the athletes will compete against a person with a similar time in order to make the races exciting. The organizer’s helpers will be scheduled into the starting field in an organizationally sensible way.
Starter lists published in advance are only for rough orientation and are in no way binding, i.e. participants have no right to the starting place number mentioned there, but should be available at the beginning of the competition day. For orientation purposes, starting blocks of 10 participants will be called out regularly. These should be ready in the direct area around the starting tent. As soon as the previous participant starts, the following participant must be in the starting tent in full protective equipment. Basically, a time of approximately three to eight minutes including dismantling can be assumed for each run. In addition, the current start numbers will be displayed on the HAIX tower. If a participant does not appear in the starting tent even after being called out several times, his or her right to start expires without any right to a refund of the starting fee.
In order to meet the requirement of creating a competition for firefighters that is close to an operational situation, the participants must be dressed accordingly:
Participants must wear appropriate (suitable size) protective clothing according to the currently valid DIN standard or a state standard valid for the respective competitor and make it available for inspection at any time. The clothing must be fully functional (without holes, tears, missing lining, frayed hems, etc.) and approved for indoor attack. At the start, at least one closure system of the jacket must be fully closed (excluding the Velcro at the neck) and the pants must cover the boot shaft.
- Firefighting boots according to DIN EN 15090 type 2 or type 3
- Overtrousers and Overjacket according to DIN EN 469 with performance level 2
- Indoor attack gloves according to DIN EN 659
- Firefighter’s helmet, suitable for interior attack at the time of approval [state standard independent], with neck leather and visor allowed to be removed. Paint finishes are permitted.
State standards may include, but are not limited to, HuPF, NFPA 1971.2013Ed.; OSHA 29 CFR or NIT 306 2005. All equipment must include an appropriate label to allow for verification.
All equipment worn at the start, including items not specifically requested, such as action cams, sunglasses, etc., must also be carried by the respective competitor when crossing the finish line. Lost equipment must be picked up by the active owner (competitor must still be active in their task in Tandem/Relay) and must be put on again correctly before continuing the course (if required). Failure to do so will result in disqualification.
Dräger respirators and respirator masks will be provided. These must be worn by all participants. The use of own masks and breathing apparatus is not permitted without exception. Modifications or attachments of any kind to the respiratory protection equipment provided are also not permitted. This also includes knotting the straps. For a more secure fit of the equipment during the run, optional Velcro straps will be provided at the start for attachment at chest level.
In the individual class, the competition will take place with the breathing apparatus attached. For tandem and relay starts, the respirator will be shouldered but not connected. A flame protection hood is not required.
Each participant will be assigned an official referee for the duration of his run. This referee will observe his participant throughout the course to monitor compliance with the rules. The decision of a referee is basically binding. They can be recognized by their black and white shirts. The Course Marshall is superior to the appointed referees and has the overall responsibility for the competition. In case of questions concerning the rules, his decision is binding. He can be recognized by his black and red shirt. If a wrong decision of a referee can be proven by a video recording, the participant, accompanied by a maximum of one other person, can visit the course marshal within the next two subsequent runs and present the video. The course marshal can correct the result, if a wrong decision can be recognized without any doubt. The decision of the Course Marshall is final.
FireFit Europe clearly and consciously distances itself from drug use. The competitions should be and remain doping-free. No prohibited substances should be taken or started under the influence of alcohol. If participants are convicted of a violation, disqualification and exclusion from the competition will follow. FireFit Europe reserves the right to carry out random checks.
All participants must complete the course within the prescribed time frame and in the correct order. This is 6 minutes for male starters and 7 minutes for female starters. After this time has elapsed, the run will be stopped, regardless of where the participant is on the course. In addition, the Course Marshall may, at his or her discretion, stop a participant’s run at any time if he or she believes that the participant poses a health hazard to himself or herself or others. Each participant should know their own limits! All participants should, as in a real fire operation, divide the strengths in such a way that the complete course can be completed without damage.