by Alina-Doreen Groening
He is brave, he is strong and since yesterday he is the defending European Championship champion!
Germany’s coolest firefighter comes from Berlin. BZ now met him for an interview.
Even as a little girl, Meghan Kruger (26) knew what she would do later. “My stepfather was in the volunteer fire department, I was always fascinated by his stories,” she tells BZ. “There was never a plan B for me.”
At the age of ten she joined the youth fire brigade in Clado. After graduating from high school, Kruger began training as an emergency paramedic and fire chief.
Today she is one of four women in Prenzlauer Berg police station and the only female reinforcement among 25 men in her police department.
When it comes to muscle mass, the Spandau female is by no means inferior to her male colleagues. Because when the 26-year-old isn’t putting out the fire, she spends her spare time competing with her teammates in a game of fire brigade.
Yesterday, Meghan Kruger fought in the finals of FireFit EM at the Interschutz trade fair. Subjects included: a 29 kg hose package with 25 kg of equipment on the body and a breathing mask mounted on a 12-metre-high tower. Or drag an 85 kg dummy for 30 meters.
The capital’s resident managed the course in 2:17 minutes on Wednesday – a personal best time and qualification for the final! In the final run yesterday, he made it to 2:19 minutes and brought the title in his age group to Berlin like last year!
This is enough for the second place in the overall ranking. Only Norwegian May Tomold (41) beat Kruger by seven seconds.
“My family and friends sometimes accompany me to competitions and cheer me on,” says Meghan Kruger. “My grandmother and grandfather are my biggest fans.”
He is also a celebrity on the pitch, with other participants taking selfies with him or asking for training tips. “I’ve been unbeaten in Germany since 2017 and it’s good to see what a great team suits,” 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 leaving for the World Cup in Canada.
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