Some of Shropshire’s newest firefighters took on a tough challenge recently in a bid to raise money for the Firefighters Charity.
On Saturday (Nov 26) at Telford Town Centre seven firefighters who have just completed their initial firefighter training course used a stepping machine to climb the equivalent height of New York’s former twin towers wearing full fire kit and breathing apparatus.
Their epic climb – the equivalent of 2,300 steps and 110 floors - raised £1,000 through a bucket collection on the day. Thirty miles away in Ludlow another group of firefighters raised £2,800 from a collection outside the gates of Ludlow castle.
Ashley Brown, a firefighter and the charity's service co-ordinator in Shropshire, said: “To raise almost £4,000 in a single weekend is a fantastic effort and everyone involved deserves a big thank you.”
Chief Fire Officer, Rod Hammerton, said: “Well done to everyone involved. I am really heartened to see that our most recent joiners have been so keen to pick up what is a long held tradition of charitable activity in the Fire Service.”
Shropshire firefighters have been set a target of £22,400 this year to be raised from events and fundraising.