The British firefighter challenge is a UK-based annual sporting competition where firefighters from all over the world compete over who can complete an obstacle course comprising typical firefighter training exercises in the quickest time. It includes a range of events such as ladder climbs, hose pulls, hose drags, stair climbs, ladder raises, and a whole range of other activities. The competition raises the profile of firefighters in the UK and raises money for the Firefighter’s Charity, which helps to physically and mentally rehabilitate firefighters. It is also a great way for the general public to show their appreciation for the hard-working firefighters in the UK.
From August 2016 until April 2022, I worked as the web designer and developer for the British Firefighter Challenge. As part of my work for the challenge, I designed and developed the logo, website, and registration system and administered their email campaigns. I also did administration for the challenge and helped customers with their registration questions.
During my time working on the British Firefighter Challenge I:
I designed the organisation’s logo
I designed the website with a strong design that clearly communicates the results, the stages and rules about the challenge and how to register.
I custom-developed a WordPress theme for the website.
In a typical year, the website received 10-20 thousand visitors.
250-300 people a year register for the competition using the paid members pro membership system I set up.
I constantly redesign the website and added new features to it, such as the community podcast player.
I designed an app for iOS and Android that lets users get real-time results on the day of the competition.
I successfully managed email campaigns for the British Firefighter Challenge.
It was a wonderful experience to work with John Greggory on the development of the design and website for the British firefighter challenge since its inception. I am delighted with the success of the challenge and that I was able to contribute to its growth. I eventually left the project in April 2022 after six years because of schedule clashes and to pursue other opportunities. I wish John and the rest of the team at the British Firefighter Challenge and RS media all the best.