Firefighters complete toughest annual ladder climb event

Firefighters from West Sussex went above and beyond when completing their charity ladder climb challenge, raising over £2,000 for charity!

On Saturday (18 August), two ladders were pitched against scaffolding, in which crews continuously climbed for the duration of the event before descending via a pole drop.

Fire crews climbed 17,696 metres – the height of Mount Everest – and descended it in just six hours, with help from the public. Due to their phenomenal efforts, the challenge was completed with an hour to go.

Firefighter Ian Sinfield, who supported with the organisation of the event, said: “The support from the public has been remarkable, from donating prizes for our raffle to helping us complete our toughest challenge yet.

“A huge thank you goes to NJS Scaffolding for generously supplying the scaffolding that was used for the event. The company supports the ladder climb every year and without them it could not run.

“The success of the event was exceptional and we look forward to taking on the ladder climb again next year.”

As a result of the crews’ admirable dedication, £2,644.25 was raised for a cause close to their hearts, The Fire Fighters Charity. The charity helps firefighters and their families who have been affected by the distressing consequences that serious incidents can have.

If you would still like to donate please visit our JustGiving page here

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is at the heart of West Sussex County Council’s Communities and Public Protection Directorate, working to support communities to become safer, stronger and more resilient through a combination of prevention, protection and response activities.


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