Firefighter trainees to take on 278-mile trek for charity

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A squad of wholetime firefighter trainees will look to score another charity goal – with a huge walk around Scotland’s National Stadium.

A total of 58 trainees are looking to complete the equivalent of Hampden to John O’Groats by walking around the Hampden Park football pitch – in full firefighting kit.

The team will look to complete their 278 mile journey wearing safety gear weighing 25kg – about the same as a four-year-old child.

The enormous trek is part of a fundraising effort which is raising funds for three charities – The Fire Fighters Charity, Anthony Nolan and The Family Support Trust.

Stevie Nesbit is the Trainee Course Manager and Station Manager for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

The delighted senior officer said: “Walking 278 miles in full firefighting equipment is not an easy task.

“Our recruits will have to show 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 so far which will assist our charity partners and help them assist our communities.”

The recruits will brave the task at Scotland’s National Stadium as they set off at 10am on Friday, July 6.

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

Firefighter trainee Georgina Black who will take part in the epic charity effort and spoke about the current training course

She 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."  

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