Senior Suffolk firefighters clocked up almost five hours of near continuous boot camp exercise last Thursday (September 19), to raise money for three Suffolk good causes.
Chief fire officer Andy Fry, deputy chief Mark Hardingham and assistant chief Mark Sanderson visited seven of the county’s fire stations in one day and were joined by local firefighters, officers and support staff to work out and raise money.
The boot camp-a-thon started at Bury St Edmunds Fire Station at 7am and visited Newmarket, Haverhill, Ipswich, Felixstowe and ended in Lowestoft at 6pm.
Andy Fry said: “Suffolk Fire & Rescue’s annual fund raising challenge is a very important part of our commitment to the Suffolk community.
“Staff give up their time willingly and put their all into generating much needed cash.
“This was my last challenge as Suffolk’s chief fire officer and I’m delighted that we’ve raised so much money for worthy causes.”
Money was also raised by Suffolk County Council cabinet member for public protection, Colin Spence, who was abseiled 100 feet from the roof of Ipswich Town Football Club’s East of England Co-operative Stand by firefighters from the specialist rescue team. Councillor Spence raised £900 by completing his challenge.
Colin Spence said: “The annual firefighter challenge is a key date in the calendar, and is a way for Suffolk Fire and Rescue to get people involved in raising money for some very worthwhile causes.
“I am really pleased to have made a positive contribution towards the event and very much hope this tradition continues.”
In total over £2,500 was raised this year. The money will go to The Fire Fighters Charity, Suffolk Town Pastors and the Suffolk Fire and Rescue Sports Recreation and Wellbeing Fund.
Last year, 12 Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service firefighters donned their uniforms and heavy breathing equipment and climbed a 44 foot ladder 300 times - equivalent to scaling Mount Olympus.
Alongside this, Councillor Spence took part in an assisted abseil from the fourth floor of the Endeavour House atrium. Together they raised £4,000 for good causes.
The boot camp-a-thon was sponsored by The Land Group, the company that manages Suffolk’s 11 PFI fire stations.