In May this year Chief Fire Officer, Rick Taylor, welcomed thirteen new recruits into Leicestershire’s Fire and Rescue service. They were invited to take part in the Chief’s challenge; a physically challenging task to raise funds for two charities. The Fire Fighters Charity and Mind.
Oakham,s newly recruited fire fighters took on their Chief’s Challenge this morning, (Saturday 25th July 2020). Walking 19 miles from Oakham to Leicester Central fire station meeting their compatriots from Ashby Fire station who completed the same challenge from their own station.
The crews were accompanied by fire engines showing blue lights.
The new recruits said “On Saturday 25th of July, we will walk approximately 20miles in fire kit to raise funds for the Fire Fighter’s Charity and Mind. Split into two crews, we will walk from the most easterly station in the county, Oakham, and the most westerly station in Ashby-de-la-Zouche, into Leicester city to “Meet In The Middle” at the Central Fire Station. The formation of the challenge signifies teamwork and pulling together to overcome any physical and mental challenges. In doing so, being able to reach a common goal. We are under no illusion that the walk in hot conditions, wearing heavy fire kit, will be a huge test of our physical and mental resilience, and also of our ability to stick together and work as a team!