Horsham town centre will be the venue for a group of West Sussex trainee firefighters attempting a new world record next Friday.
They take on a charity ladder climb and pole drop on August 12 at 2pm in the Carfax , when they hope to take the record from colleagues across the border in East Sussex.
The 12 recruits, who began an intensive 14-week training course to become full-time community firefighters in May, will be aiming to climb and slide more than 7,000 metres in only one hour. If they succeed they will beat a record set by a team of East Sussex firefighters earlier this year.
The challenge is set to begin at 2pm and is being staged to raise thousands of pounds for The Fire Fighters Charity, the Golden Lion Children’s Trust and the Keep Connor Active appeal.
Crawley firefighter Lee Burridge, who is organising the charity challenge, said: “There is a longstanding tradition of trainee firefighters raising money for charity to mark their commitment to a career serving their community. Our new recruits are very keen to continue this tradition.
“We now need the public to get behind this challenge and help our trainee firefighters raise as much money as possible for three great causes. If you are in Horsham on the day, please come along to the Carfax and cheer them on!”
Training Delivery Manager for West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service Keith Parvin said:
“Community engagement is such an important part of a firefighter’s role in West Sussex. As well as raising money for charity, the event will be an excellent opportunity for our trainees to get their first taste of engaging with the public.”
If you would like to support the recruits and their fundraising efforts you can do so by donating via https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/WSFRSworldrecord where all the donations will go directly to the charities.