The World Firemen's Championships have been taking place at Brno, near Prague in Czechoslovakia. Firemen?
GV Fire being put out in arena
GTV, ST Teams of firemen race with hook ladders
SV Firemen use ladder to run over shed roof
GV Hose reel race
SV TV cameraman
SV Another team on hose reel race
SV PAN Shoot hoses at target
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Background: The World Firemen's Championships have been taking place at Brno, near Prague in Czechoslovakia. Firemen from many parts of the world have been competing against each other to see who is fastest putting out fires, running with ladders, rolling out hoses, and most accurate with their jets.
The championships are an annual event and give firemen an opportunity to put to the competitive test, skills that in their jobs can make the difference between life and death.
One of the most thrilling races was the dash up a vertical face with hook ladders.
The fastest Soviet firemen was up in a time of 14 secs.
The championships were won by the firemen from the Soviet Union.
There was also a display of historic Czech firemen's helmets - and a performance by young firemen.
SYNOPSIS: At the city of Brno, Czechoslovakia - firemen have been putting out fires for fun - at the World Firemen's Championship. One of the most dramatic events was the race with hook ladders. Firemen came from many parts of the world to compete against each other. This even was won by a Soviet fireman in a time of fourteen seconds.
In another race firemen used ladders like vaulting poles to spring themselves unto a shad roof.
The championships entertain firemen and spectators alike. But it gives firemen a chance to put t the competitive test, skills that could mean the difference between life and death when they face a real fire.
A large crowd watched firemen from the Soviet Union hit the target - and win the annual championships.