Firies take it to another level

CHALLENGE: Simon Simpson, Adam Thompson, Adam Webb-Taylor and Jayden Harrison-Roberts are up for the Melbourne Firefight Stair Challenge. 172172 Picture: JUSTIN FLYNN

Four Ocean Grove firefighters will tackle the Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb.
Adam Thompson, who was successful in last year’s climb, will front up again while Simon Simpson, Adam Webb-Taylor and Jayden Harrison-Roberts will attempt the gruelling 28 floors of the Crown Metropol Hotel on 2 September.
Around 500 firefighters will ‘Step up to fight depression, PTSD and suicide’ by wearing 25kg of turnout gear and breathing apparatus.
This year, the Firefighter’s Charity Fund with your help aims to raise $500,000 for Lifeline and the Black Dog Institute to improve support services, fund research, remove stigmas and raise awareness of Mental health issues such as depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and suicide, especially for those within the Emergency Service and Defence communities.
Adam will also be participating in the Firefighters Climb for MND in Sydney at the 98-floor Sydney Tower Eye on 14 October.
The four local firies have been training and will ramp it up at the steps at Ocean Grove Main Beach in full firefighting gear prior to the event.
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