Spalding councillor and trainee firefighter Harry Drury is taking on a sponsored 10km hose run to raise money for good cause
The county’s newest fire fighting recruits, including district councillor and businessman Harry Drury, are taking on a challenging fundraiser.
Coun Drury, who covers Spalding St Mary’s ward, for South Holland District Council, began training as an on-call fire fighter in March.
Both himself and his new colleagues are taking part in a sponsored 10km hose run to raise money for the Fire Fighter’s Charity.
And it’s no mean feat as each participant will be making 50 hose runs each, with the hoses 25 metres in length and weighing around 15kg. That means carrying the hose while running and unreeling it and then reeling it back in again 50 times each!
Coun Drury said: “Eight recruits will be running out, under running and making up 10km of hose in one day and in full fire kit.
“Charities have struggled to raise money throughout COVID-19 and we, as Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue’s newest recruits, feel it is important that we play our part in supporting such an important charity, set up to support current and ex-fire fighters and their families, when in need of support either physically, mentally or socially.”
The team plan to carry out the fundraiser on August 1 at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue’s training facility in Waddington.
Coun Drury wanted to train as an on-call fire fighter to find a further way to support and serve the community. He said the watch managers who are training the team are ‘incredible.’
“I knew prior to beginning my training that it was going to be challenging but had no idea just how challenging.
“From the first day I arrived, there was a huge amount of education, not only practically but also in the lecture rooms. There are so many skills which we must learn in order to prepare us to respond to incidents, not only fires, but also water rescue, road traffic collisions, rescues from height, trauma etc.
“With each practical skill, there is an education and strict process to accompany it, from erecting a 13.5 metre ladder, learning to use breathing apparatus and methods of search and rescue, to fire science and learning essential facts, figures and mathematical equations in order to allow us to effectively carry out our duty in the safest possible manner. A whole new language accompanies each new skill set.”
The Fire Fighters Charity offers specialist lifelong support for members of the fire services community.
You can sponsor the team at: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/10kmhoserun