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Tigers join the fire service for team-building day

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The Central Fire and Rescue Station in Leicester was host to a team-building exercise for Leicester Tigers this week.

Taking a break from their rugby, the Tigers players and coaches visited the Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service for exercises in communication, problem-solving and physical conditioning – something firefighters have to do on a daily basis.
Firefighters, who volunteered to take part in the exercise on their day off, wanted to show the Tigers just how tough their work is, setting up challenges including Fire and Rescue Service point of entry selection test, smoke house search and rescue using breathing apparatus, improvised dam construction, high-rise bridge head equipment carry and an improvised salvage drill.
At the end of the exercises and following a short debrief and the announcement of the winning teams, there was another surprise challenge.
In the time it took the Arial Ladder Platform (ALP) to be set up and get up to full height, the Tigers squad had to collect materials and attempt to build a shelter to prevent the water from the ALP soaking them. Although they managed to build a shelter, they still got a huge soaking from director of rugby Richard Cockerill who was in charge of the water cannon! Click here to watch our  videos of the challenge on the Tigers Facebook page.
Steve Lunn, chief fire and rescue officer, said: “It was a great pleasure to host the Leicester Tigers team-building exercise. Hopefully, this will be the first of many opportunities for our Service to partner up with great sporting teams in the city.
“We want our relationship to grow and lead to better engagement with people and communities so that we are all safer and aware of the many risks we face on a day-to-day basis.
“On behalf of the whole Service, I would just like to say a huge thank you to Richard and the Tigers for joining us. We really hope you enjoyed the event.”
Cockerill said: “The spirit in the squad is really good and to come to the Central Fire and Rescue Station, to get involved with the firefighters and roll our sleeves up, really adds to that.
“Thank you to Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service for allowing us to get a feel for what they do and how they do things. It was a bit of an eye-opener for a lot of the boys.
“The squad really enjoyed it and were made to feel welcome from the moment we arrived. It was good for us in terms of team-building, communication and problem-solving, and helps us emphasise those messages to the players.”