In 2023 the Hamburg Firefighter Stairrun will take place. more detailed information will follow shortly (HFFS).


– Registration will be open on competition day Saturday morning between 8:00 am and 12 noon. However, registration must be completed no later than one hour (10 start pairs) prior to the scheduled start.


– Car: There are a limited number of free parking spaces for cars available directly next to the event site. (Van-der-Smissen-Straße 4) 

– Bus: From Altona train station, bus number “113” runs every 10 to 20 minutes to the bus stop “Kreuzfahrterminal Altona”, which is located directly in front of the event site. The train station Altona is easy to reach by local and long-distance traffic.

– Ferry: Our recommendation is to take the ferry line “62”. The ferry leaves every 15 minutes from the U- and S-Bahn station “Landungsbrücke” (U3, S1, S2, S3) to Dockland.  The ferry docks 20m next to the competition track. The ferry ticket is included in the local transport ticket and can accordingly also be used with the 9€ ticket.

Breathing apparatus:

– The breathing apparatus can be provided by us if required. Through the manufacturer Interspiro we get respirators and regulators in sufficient quantities. However, each starter must bring a positive pressure respirator with ESA plug-in connection, since it is not possible to disinfect the masks hygienically on site. Alternatively, it is also allowed to start with a self-brought respirator. The minimum requirement here is a 6.8 l breathing apparatus cylinder (6 l for steel).

All participants of the Hamburg fire department, employed (BF) and voluntary (FF) will be provided with the complete breathing apparatus including mask. Prerequisite is that the affiliation to one of the above is to be recognized in the registration.


– The following points lead to disqualification:

1. grossly unsportsmanlike conduct towards helpers, judges, other participants or the dummy (among other things, even if the runner on the other competition track is obstructed in such a way that he falls down, …).

2. intentional damage of the competition equipment

3. protective equipment that does not meet the required standards at the start.


– The start will be in complete protective equipment which must be suitable for the internal attack. The standard is DIN EN 469:2006 or a comparable international standard. The equipment includes jacket and trousers, firefighting boots, helmet and gloves suitable for internal attack. A neck leather or “Holland cloth” does not necessarily have to be worn on the helmet. A flame-retardant hood may also be waived.

If any items of equipment are lost during the competition, they must be immediately recovered before the competition begins. This also applies to all attachments such as lamps, wedges, mascots, helmet cameras, ….. A detailed list can be found in the rulebook

Starting blocks:

– The start will be in blocks of 10 matches each. There are no breaks between the blocks, except for the lunch break. In order to avoid single starts, the starters should be at the start of the block at the start of the competition track. Starters who are not at the start of the preliminary heat will be deprived of their starting place! A later start cannot be guaranteed. If you want to start in run 23, for example, you have to report to the judge at the competition track at the latest at the start of run 22.


– The following classes will be started

MMen up to 30 years
M30Men 30 to 40 years
M40Men over 40 years

Competition track:

– Each participant may take one other person with them on the competition track. This person can take photos or videos, cheer, or read the last government statement to you. It is important that the accompanying person…

… does not touch the competition equipment such as hoses or the dummy.

… does not enter the opponent’s competition track.

… does not go onto the stairs with you. 

Time limit:

– For participants who have not reached the first step in a net time of 6:00 min, the run will not be scored. The referee is responsible for stopping the run. The latter may allow the run to continue, despite an invalid time.


– The start is done by an acoustic signal. At the finish line, the time must be stopped by the participants themselves. This is done via a buzzer on each competition lane. Parallelly, the time will be taken manually by the judge using a stopwatch. If the time cannot be stopped for technical reasons, the manually stopped time will count. If the buzzer is not pressed at the finish, there will be an additional 5 penalty seconds. 


– The finish line is located on the Dockland building on the 6th floor. Each lane has a buzzer, which has to be pressed by the respective starter. The refreshment station is located on the 7th floor.