Firefighters to ‘climb Mount Everest’ by ladder!

SCALING THE HEIGHTS -- firefighters all set to tackle their intense ladder-climb for charity.
SCALING THE HEIGHTS -- firefighters all set to tackle their intense ladder-climb for charity.

Firefighters from Ashfield and Mansfield are to climb their ladders to the height of Mount Everest to raise money for charity.

The intense ladder-climb challenge takes place on Saturday (27th June) outside Mansfield Town Hall between 9.30 am and 4 pm.

Dressed in full fire-kit, the firefighters from across the county, including some also based at stations in Edwinstowe and Warsop, will repeatedly clamber up a 13.5-metre ladder. And they’re aiming to scale a total of 8,848 metres (29,029 feet), which is the peak of Everest!

Money raised will go to The Fire Fighters Charity, as well as the children’s charity at King’s Mill Hospital in Sutton and the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.

Organiser Paul Smith, a firefighter at Ashfield station, said: “We are really looking forward to the event, and although it will be hard work, we are hoping to raise as much as possible for the three charities. They all do such an important job in our communities.

“We are hoping to have fun too. We all do regular exercise and training as part of our jobs, but this will be all day, so it will certainly be a challenge for the team.”