Scotland’s Fire Chief leads the way in Charity Challenge

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Scotland’s Fire Chief is rallying firefighters across Scotland and the UK to step up to an exciting challenge and raise money for charity.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Chief Officer (CO) Martin Blunden and his senior management team recently smashed the December Ascender. They completed 75 13.5 metre ladder climbs within one hour, or a combined height of 1012m.

Crews from the Shetlands to Stirlingshire and beyond have signed up to beat this target and raise as much as they can for the Firefighters Charity.

The present fundraising total is currently standing at £2,265 as the SFRS teams have bagged a collective distance of 8,545 metres.

CO Blunden led his team as they made their ascent from their Cambuslang base on Tuesday 8th December.

And he has now thrown down the gauntlet to Fire Services from all across the UK with Lancashire Fire Service already accepting the challenge.

CO Blunden said: “While it was pleasing to see our team top the leader board for a very brief period, I wanted our team to be overtaken because the aim is to raise much needed funds for The Fire Fighters Charity.

“I’m delighted to see Fire Stations from all over Scotland taking part.

“We have also invited Fire Services from all across the UK to take up the challenge, as this is an excellent way for them to show support for the national charity.”

Fiona McMillian is The Fire Fighters’ Charity Community Corporate & Events Fundraiser.

She said: "I'd like to send my sincere and most grateful thanks to the City of Glasgow Management Team for setting this challenge, and to the Chief and senior officers for taking it on to support The Fire Fighters Charity through their fundraising efforts.

This has been a difficult year for everyone and the coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on our fundraising. Thanks to people like you, we can ensure we continue to be there for the mental, physical and social needs of the UK's fire family.”



The City of Glasgow Management Team came up with this innovative fundraising challenge. You can visit their Just Giving page to find out more.

To help to promote the challenge, The City of Glasgow Management Team had the help of Glasgow Caledonian University student Josh Carmichael, who created a video for them.

You can watch this here: