Page 15 - HOT NEWS MAY 2014
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One of our Physical Training Advisers and a firefighter completed a gruelling obstacle course to help raise money for charity.
Firefighter Eric Atherton, who is based at Kirkdale Community Fire Station, and Firefighter Chris Wilson, also based at Kirkdale, took part in the Born Survivor event at Lowther Castle, Cumbria, on April 5 this year. The event included 32 military- style obstacles designed by British Royal Marine Commandos spread over an eight-mile distance.
They were raising money for R Charity which is the charity for The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospital’s Charity in particular the Linda McCartney Centre.
Loren Slade from R Charity said: “Well what can I say about
the boys...on behalf of the Royal Liverpool Hospital we want
to say a massive thank you to Eric and Chris, not only did they do so well to complete Born Survivor in full kit but they also managed to raise an incredible amount of money for the hospital. This money will help to fund a new mammography unit in the new Royal. With one in nine women being diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, it is vital that we can detect, treat and cure cancer early. Thank you for your support.”
Eric said: “We managed to complete our Born Survivor event, which we we’re really pleased to do even if it was a real test at times for us both. Trying to negotiate some of the obstacles wearing full fire kit and BA was a little taxing yet still fun. Up to now we have raised in the region of £1,500 of which I would like to thank all who have already donated.”
Chris said: “I was really pleased to complete the challenge, as this year was a lot harder and over a longer distance. The encouragement received from the first obstacle to the last was fantastic. The Linda McCartney Centre has, and continues to provide, fantastic support to my family over the last few years after my mum was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was the first place I thought of when we decided we’d do this race for charity, and it’s our pleasure to do our bit.”
Both Eric and Chris are still yet to own up to whose idea it was but they are both considering doing it again in September in full fire kit but a slightly longer distance of 26 miles and 140 obstacles.
To sponsor Eric and Chris go to: email/pleasesponsor/Eric-Atherton
And more information on the R Charity and the Linda McCartney Centre can be found here: rtney%20Centre.aspx
Service took on the London Marathon in full Breathing Apparatus and fire kit last month.
Station Manager Ged Sheridan, who heads up the
Service’s Training and Development Academy in Croxteth, did it to raise money for Alder Hey and Woodlands Hospice.
Ged, who has been with Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service for 18 years, has run the London Marathon before but never in fire kit and aimed to raise £2,000 for the two
His marathon day started at around 7am when he made his way from a hotel in Greenwich in fire kit and breathing apparatus, carrying donation buckets.
He said: “It was a fantastic day and the end result was five full buckets of money. It was a very hot day so the crowds were out in force, which was great, however, not when you are wearing fire kit and BA.
“The crowd all the way round were amazing and I was constantly offered support and more importantly donations the full 26.2 miles.”
Woodlands Hospice in North Liverpool is a charity that provides specialist palliative care for people with cancer and other life limiting illnesses.
Alder Hey Children’s NHS is aiming to raise £30 million for life-saving medical equipment and much more for the new Alder Hey in the Park.
Ged is also completing the Coniston Challenge which includes running, cycling and kayaking in July this year to raise more funds.
To sponsor Ged go to:
Physical Training Adviser Eric Atherton, on the right, and Chris Wilson, on the left, with a marshal at the finish line for the Born Survivor event. Photo supplied by Eric Atherton.
Hot Kitchen
Two men were led to safety by firefighters after two separate kitchen fires started on the same morning.
Firefighters led a man to safety after smoke alarms alerted neighbours to a fire in a kitchen in Town Lane, Bebington, in the early hours of April 11.
Watch Manager Andy Blythe, who attended the call-out with firefighters on Red Watch at Birkenhead, said: “Smoke alarms alerted neighbours to the fire illustrating once again the importance of having working smoke alarms on each level of your home.”
The small fire was extinguished by two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus and using a hose jet. Firefighters also carried out a Home Fire Safety Check at the property.
The man led to safety was assessed by paramedics at the scene but did not require hospital treatment.
The pan and its contents were severely damaged by fire. There was also smoke damage to the kitchen.
A fire appliance from Birkenhead and one from Bromborough attended. A fire appliance from Wallasey also responded to the call.
During the other call-out on April 11 firefighters led a man out of a property and gave him oxygen after a fire involving a grill pan started. Crews were called to Jericho Lane, Aigburth. The fire was out when firefighters arrived and the man did not require hospital treatment.
Crews from Allerton and Toxteth attended the call-out.
Station Manager Ged Sheridan in his fire kit. Photo supplied by Ged Sheridan.

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