Isle of Man News - POSTED Fri 18-05-2012

Island Firefighters in World Record Attempt

by Martin Rigby

Island Firefighters in World Record Attempt

A team of Isle of Man firefighters are set to scale new heights in their attempt to earn a place in the Guinness Book of Records.

 

Ten members of the IoM Fire and Rescue Service will be tackling a gruelling 24-hour ladder climb in July.

As well as attempting to surpass the current world record held by the New Zealand Fire and Rescue Service, the local officers are hoping to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

 

The record bid will take place outside the Isle of Man Post Office in Regent Street, Douglas on July 13-14.

The Island firefighters are currently limbering up for the challenge by tackling a special training tower, erected free of charge by local company Red Scaffolding.

 

To secure their entry into the Guinness Book of Records, the team will have to climb the equivalent of more than 109.56km in 24 hours – the record set by the New Zealanders in 2005.

 

Firefighter Gary Kirby said: ‘It would be tremendous for the Isle of Man Fire and Rescue Service to be recognised as record breakers, and we’re certainly going to give it our best shot. We hope the local community will get behind the challenge by supporting us on the day and by helping to raise money for our nominated charities - Pumps 4 Kids, Rebecca House Children’s Hospice, Craig’s Heartstrong Foundation, Help for Heroes and the Hyperbaric Chamber.’

 

The firefighters are also asking Island companies to sponsor banners that will displayed on the scaffolding tower used during the event. The costs are £1,000 for a large banner, £500 medium and £250 small.

 

For further details about the record attempt and sponsorship opportunities contact Lisa Garrett on 647304 or email lisa.garrett@gov.im

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