Trainee firefighters reach new heights after charity ladder climb event


Release date: 3 May 2017

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’s latest trainee firefighters have gone above and beyond to beat their target at their recent ladder climb event, raising over £1,000 for charity!

The 11 recruits, who are approaching the end of their 14-week intensive training course, underwent the challenge to climb the equivalent of Mount Kilimanjaro (5,895 metres) in just two hours.

A ladder was pitched to the third floor of South Terminal Car Park 1 at Gatwick Airport and the recruits continuously climbed up and descended down the internal staircase. Following a fantastic team effort, they beat expectations and climbed a total of 6,070 metres in less than two hours!

The firefighters’ phenomenal efforts have raised £1,074 for a cause close to their hearts, The Fire Fighters Charity.

Training Course Commander, Keith Parvin, said: “The effort that our trainees put into this event was outstanding, from the preparation through to their tireless performance on the day; they have done us all very proud.

“The commitment and attributes they have shown, not only during the ladder climb but throughout their time in training school, will benefit them tremendously throughout their working career in the fire service.”

Trainee Firefighter, Seb Esfahani, commented: “All the support that we have received from everyone in the run up to the event and afterwards has been amazing and really encouraged us to keep on going.

“We’d like to thank everyone who has donated as The Fire Fighters Charity relies solely on donations from the public to carry out the amazing work that they do.”

The work carried out by The Fire Fighters Charity helps firefighters and their families who have been affected by the distressing consequences that serious incidents can have. To donate please visit:

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is at the heart of West Sussex County Council's Communities and Public Protection Directorate, working to support communities to become safer, stronger and more resilient through a combination of prevention, protection and response activities.

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