On Saturday 2 December, Leicestershire’s 2017 cohort of wholetime firefighters spent the afternoon attempting to break a UK fire and rescue service record for climbing the height of Mount Everest (8,848 metres) using a single Service ladder.

Dressed in full personal protective equipment and breathing apparatus, the firefighters showcased their newfound skills and teamwork, whilst raising funds for The Fire Fighters Charity, and spreading fire safety advice to the crowds watching.

The most recent fire and rescue service to complete this challenge was South Wales, who took four hours, 17 minutes and 22 seconds to complete the challenge.

LFRS firefighters smashed this record, taking just two hours, 41 minutes and 19 seconds to climb 1,475 climbs between them.

20 firefighters took part in the challenge, whilst another two firefighters spent the duration on their feet, engaging with those watching the challenge.

A HUGE thanks must go to Taj from Skill-Scaff for donating the use of the scaffolding used to complete the challenge, and to Jack Edwards from Henrik Fjoord Photographic Service for his excellent photography skills. Their websites can be found at www.skill-scaff.co.uk and www.henrikfjoord.co.uk

Thanks also to the firefighters for completing the challenge, our Learning and Development department for their assistance in running the challenge, our Community Safety Educators for providing excellent fire safety advice, Western Blue Watch and Central Blue Watch for their attendance and support, and Laura Harden from The Fire Fighters Charity for her support.

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