Trainee firefighters rise to the challenge in three-peak charity epic

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Scotland’s next generation of firefighters completed a gruelling charity challenge by climbing the equivalent height of the UK’s three highest peaks.

Seventy trainee firefighters from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) ascended 3,408 metres – the combined total of the Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon – in just one hour.

They climbed using a 13.5m ladder pitched to the third floor of a building within the SFRS National Training Centre in Cambuslang, on August 6 and 12. The trainees, split into two groups, rose to the challenge in the annual charity ladder climb to raise funds for The Fire Fighters Charity and the SFRS Family Support Trust. The total funds raised currently stands at over £2,000.

Station Commander Thomas Mortimer said: “It’s really important for our recruits to get involved as much as they can and join in with fundraising events like this.

“They’ve all worked extremely hard in their training and it’s fantastic that they are able to give back to two vitally important charities.

“Many of our new trainees have not heard of both charities before, but it could be themselves and their families that utilise their services in the future.

“Both charities do great work for our firefighters so it’s important that we can do our bit in order to raise funds for the charities that support our crews and their loved ones.”

Fiona Reid, Community, Corporate and Events Fundraiser for The Fire Fighters Charity said: “It’s great to see the trainees coming back and fundraising for The Fire Fighters Charity after events such as this were paused during the pandemic.

"The trainees have raised over £2,000 split between The Fire Fighters Charity and the Family Support Trust. That really goes a long way in supporting both charities to do great things.

“We support fire and rescue service personnel across the UK with their physical, mental and social wellbeing and it’s been really tough over the pandemic. A lot of fundraising stopped but it’s great that these events have come back and hopefully the trainees will get into the mind of fundraising and when they get positioned on station, they’ll keep that going.”

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