World's toughest firefighter visits
THE world's toughest firefighter visited the southern Gold Coast this week to check out the competition ahead of the 2012 World Firefighter's Games in Sydney.
Joachin Pisanz of Germany was named the Toughest Firefighter Alive at the 2010 games in South Korea.
He works 24-hour shifts at his local station in Germany and is also a trained paramedic.
Mr Pisanz touched down at the Gold Coast Airport in Coolangatta to meet the Gold Coast's toughest fire and rescue teams as part of a busy week long Australian tour.
"I am really looking forward to arriving in Australia for the games and seeing the famous sights like Bondi Beach and the Opera House and I hope to see some of the wildlife as well during my tour," Mr Pisanz said.
Games director Greg Hough said the games inspired healthy competition between firefighters from across the globe.
"These friendly games will promote the services throughout the world and bring thousands of competitors to compete against the world's best," Mr Hough said.
"Having the toughest firefighter alive test his skills against some of Australia's best is a brilliant warm up to the games and gives out local competitors from the services a chance to check out the competition coming our way in October."
The games will be held in Sydney from October 19 - 28.
There are 71 sports and individual events to enter, ranging from field events to indoor sports and beach sports, with everything from beach cricket and boxing to darts, cycling and ten-pin bowling.
2012 is the first year the games are open to other services including Country Fire Association, ambulance, military, Surf Life Saving and the State Emergency Service as well as families of employees and administrative and trade staff.