Firefighters target world record climb for charity

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service trainees will seek to beat their colleagues from East Sussex and raise money for charity
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service trainees will seek to beat their colleagues from East Sussex and raise money for charity

A group of West Sussex trainee firefighters will attempt to set a new world record while raising money for charity when they take on a charity ladder climb and pole drop next month.

The 12 recruits, who began an intensive 14-week training course to become wholetime community firefighters in May, will try to climb and slide more than 7,000 metres in one hour.

The event is being staged to raise thousands of pounds for The Fire Fighters Charity, the Golden Lion Children’s Trust and the Keep Connor Active appeal.

Lee Burridge, the firefighter organising the charity challenge, said:

“There is a longstanding tradition of trainee firefighters raising money for charity to mark their commitment to a career serving their community.

“Our new recruits are very keen to continue this tradition.”

“We now need the public to get behind this challenge and help our trainee firefighters raise as much money as possible for three great causes. If you are in Horsham on the day, please come along to the Carfax and cheer them on!”

The team from West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is attempting to beat a record set by a team of East Sussex firefighters earlier this year.

Keith Parvin, training delivery manager for West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, Keith Parvin, added:

“Community engagement is such an important part of a firefighter’s role in West Sussex. As well as raising money for charity, the event will be an excellent opportunity for our trainees to get their first taste of engaging with the public.”

The trainee firefighters will be at the Carfax in Horsham from 1pm on August 12, with the challenge set to begin at 2pm.