It was a great night for the Service on Friday. For the
last three years now we have run a charitable 'Battle of the
Badges' boxing competition between ourselves and Police
When I say charitable - the proceeds go to charity - there is
not much of a charitable nature in the individual bouts, sporting
and competitive would be a better term perhaps.
The 'deal' here is that both teams comprise volunteers, some
of who have never boxed before, who then follow a training and
fitness regime to prepare and then we have a number of bouts
selling tickets for charity (every year it has been a sell out with
around 1000 spectators) - and it raises thousands of pounds.
The intensity of the training is incredible and all the
participants always comment that they have never been fitter - I
think last year's firefighters' team lost a combined total of over
20 stones in the run up to the competition.
So what was the result? Well I am delighted to say the
firefighters won the event - and it was both a great evening and a
Could I say congratulations and thank you to all the
participants for the months of work to get in to shape and for the
thousands of pounds they have raised for charity.
But could I say an especial thanks and congratulations to our
firefighters and their coaches who have shown real passion and
commitment over those hard months.
This is the second year in a row we have won and of course I
would wish to be magnanimous so I will hardly mention it to my good
friend and colleague, Chief Constable Peter Fahy.