This firefighter burns for the European title

By Alina-Doreen Gröning

She’s brave, she’s strong and since yesterday she’s the defending European Championship champion!

Germany’s coolest firefighter comes from Berlin. The BZ now met her for an interview.

The firefighter drags the 85-kilo dummy 30 meters Photo: private

Even as a little girl, Meghann Krüger (26) knew what job she would later do. “My stepfather was in the volunteer fire department, I’ve always been fascinated by his stories,” she says to the BZ. “There was never a plan B for me.”

At the age of ten she joined the youth fire brigade in Kladow. After graduating from high school, Krüger began training as an emergency paramedic and fire chief.

Today she is one of four women in the Prenzlauer Berg police station and the only female reinforcement among 25 men in her police department.

When it comes to muscles, the Spandau woman is in no way inferior to her male colleagues. Because when the 26-year-old isn’t putting out fires, she’s competing with her comrades in fire brigade sport in her free time.

Hard fitness program!  The fire chief pushes a heavy metal sled backwards with hammer blows

Hard fitness program! The fire chief pushes a heavy metal sled backwards with hammer blows Photo: private

Yesterday, Meghann Krüger fought in the final of the FireFit EM at the Interschutz trade fair. The disciplines included: hoisting a 29-kilo hose package with 25 kilos of equipment on the body and a breathing mask up a 12-meter high tower. Or drag an 85-kilo dummy 30 meters.

The resident of the capital completed the course on Wednesday in 2:17 minutes – personal best time and qualification for the final! In the final run yesterday, she made it in 2:19 minutes and brought the title in her age group to Berlin – like last year!

Made!  The Berliner won three titles at the European Championships in Hanover: European Champion in her age group, Vice European Champion overall and German Champion

Made! The Berliner won three titles at the European Championships in Hanover: European Champion in her age group, Vice European Champion overall and German Champion Photo: private

In the overall ranking it is enough for second place. Only Norwegian May Tømmold (41) beat Krüger by seven seconds.

“My family and friends sometimes accompany me to competitions and cheer me on,” says Meghann Krüger. “My grandma and grandpa are my biggest fans.”

She’s also a bit of a celebrity on the pitch, other participants take selfies with her or ask for training tips. “I’ve been unbeaten in Germany since 2017 and it’s nice to see what a great squad is following suit,” she says. “There’s no such thing as competition. I think it’s terrible when women don’t support each other!”

And the next challenge is already imminent: In September, the courageous Berliner is going to the World Cup in Canada.

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