Trainee firefighters complete charity EPIC in full fire kit

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National trainees take on the 96 mile trek around National Stadium

Hampden

A squad of wholetime firefighter trainees have scored yet another charity goal – with a huge walk around Scotland’s National Stadium.

A total of 35 trainees completed the equivalent of the West Highland Way by walking around the Hampden Park football pitch – in full firefighting kit.

The team completed their 96 mile journey wearing safety gear weighing 25kg – about the same as a four-year-old child.

The enormous trek was part of a fundraising effort which has so far raised over £700 for three charities – The Fire Fighters Charity, Anthony Nolan and The Family Support Trust.

Lorna Yuill is a Trainee Course Director and Group Manager for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

The delighted senior officer said: “Walking 96 miles in full firefighting equipment is not an easy task.

“Our recruits have shown some extremely strong physical and mental fitness to complete the walk as well as showing a massive team spirit to support each other throughout the journey.

“I would like to thank members of the public who have contributed to this effort which will assist our charity partners and help them assist our communities.”

Hampden

The recruits braved the cold Glasgow weather as they set off at 10am on Wednesday, November 29.

Each firefighter wore a fire tunic, leggings, safety helmet, steel toe capped boots and heavy breathing apparatus.

Firefighter trainee Brian Ritchie took part in the epic charity effort and spoke about the current training course

He said: “The course has been fantastic, it's very physical but you only get out of it what you put in.

"It's been a great time. You meet great people and there is a fantastic group of guys and girls who effectively become your family over the 14 weeks of training."   

The SFRS will open new applications for wholetime firefighters tomorrow – Thursday, November 30.

Brian added: "My advice would be to get fit, get ready for it - they say it is the best job in the world - it is a fantastic job. 

"There's a lot of studying, a lot of hard work but apply and you'll absolutely love it."  

To find out more about the recruitment process click HERE or search for #PeopleLikeYou on social media.

Donate to the firefighters epic charity fundraiser by visiting - http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/sfrshampden

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