RBFRS’ New Wholetime Recruits Undertake ‘Rigg-erous’ Challenge for Charity

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s (RBFRS) new wholetime recruits will undertake a ‘rigg-erous’ challenge for The Fire Fighters Charity. 

The 14 new wholetime recruits will aim to row 280km in just six hours. The challenge is the equivalent to rowing from the Kennet and Avon Canal to Avon Mouth and back again. The recruits will be taking on this challenge on Sunday, 10 April in Broad Street, Reading (outside Sainsbury’s) between 10am and 4pm.

All donations collected on the day will go to The Fire Fighters Charity, which provides a range of services for fire service personnel and their families, including therapy and rehabilitation for injured firefighters.

During the challenge, there will be an opportunity for onlookers to explore a fire engine and Blaze Bear will be on hand to cheer the new recruits to the finish line. There will also be the chance to discuss fire safety in the home and crews will be able to offer advice on how to make an escape plan in case of emergency.

Chris Holland, Station Manager at RBFRS’ Training Centre, said: “The challenge that the new recruits will undertake is enormous. They will be rowing the same distance as driving to Warrington or Doncaster! The challenge really is a testament to the new recruits strength and mental stamina.

“It seems to have become a tradition that new recruits undertake a challenge for The Fire Fighters Charity as an opportunity to thank them for the fantastic work they do. We are hoping that people will be just as generous as they have been in the past and join us to cheer on the recruits and help them cross that finish line!”

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