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Firefighters Climbing 'Everest' at the Waterways Festival

25/07/2011

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service firefighters will be carrying out a charity ladder climb to rival the height of Mount Everest this weekend.

"Around 20 firefighters from across the Service will be attempting the climb and people can come and watch their attempts throughout the day."

East Staffordshire Risk Reduction Manager, Ian Pullen

As part of the Inland Waterways Festival being held at Shobnall Fields Leisure Complex in Burton from July 29th – 31st firefighters will be taking part in the ladder climb to raise money for The Fire Fighter’s Charity as well as other local charities.

The 20 participating firefighters will have to climb up and down the 13.5 metre ladders around 70 times each to reach the height of Mount Everest - and they have just six hours to do it in, between 10am and 4pm on Saturday.

On Friday, crews will be in the main area demonstrating the dangers of chip pan fires and talking to people about general fire safety and the Service’s free Home Fire Risk Checks.

East Staffordshire Risk Reduction Manager, Ian Pullen said: "We wanted to do our bit for charity but we wanted the activity to be something a bit different. Around 20 firefighters from across the Service will be attempting the climb and people can come and watch their attempts throughout the day. We will have donation buckets available and any amount people can spare will be gratefully received.

"We will also be available if anyone wishes to discuss fire safety with us and can book free Home Fire Risk Checks for anyone who hasn’t already had one."