Teams of firefighters from here in the UK and across Europe pushed themselves to the limit in a series of gruelling challenges at this year’s British Firefighter Challenge, with some of those taking part kindly fundraising for us.

Firefighters of all ages took on difficult stair ascents, fire hose drags, ‘casualty’ rescues, lifts and more across two days in Manchester – with some incredible efforts by all.

And this year’s competitors raised an incredible £7,146 for us.

The fitness competition is open to all operational and retired firefighters. It was initially organised to promote the benefits of exercise on firefighters’ overall health, while also showcasing the huge demands of their day-to-day job for spectators.

Gloucestershire FRS’s team alone raised a huge £2,725 for us and teammate Amy Lynex says: “Everyone on the team has witnessed the support offered by The Fire Fighters Charity, either first-hand or for their colleagues. Training for The Firefighter Challenge promotes improving physical fitness so it makes sense to use this as a platform to raise funds for the Charity which supports firefighters recovering from ill health or injury. The success and support of team GFRS helps us raise incredible amounts every year. We’re grateful for the opportunity to give back!”

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