On the pull! Rookie firefighters set to haul 12-ton fire engine on four-mile route for charity


Budding firefighters from Chichester are poised to prove they have the power and fitness required to make the grade in a fundraising effort to boost the coffers of a charity set up to help colleagues.

On Friday 1 December, trainee firefighters from West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service will be taking on the monstrous task of pulling a fire engine along a four-mile route…and it’s all for a good cause. The recruits from the Chichester area who are involved are Joe Cullum, Mark Figg, Jack Magee, Alex Aylen and Ashley Taylor.

The challenging event, taking place at Ford Airfield, will begin at 1pm and will see the latest recruits pull a 12-ton fire engine in order to raise as much money as possible for The Fire Fighters Charity.

The recruits are currently undergoing an intensive 14-week training course, which began in September, as they train to become West Sussex’s latest full-time community firefighters.

Course commander Keith Parvin, said “There is a longstanding tradition of trainee firefighters raising money for a 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 sick and injured firefighters.”

If you would like to support the trainee firefighters and help them beat the £500 target, visit the JustGiving page to donate.

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