South Yorkshire firefighters row to Lapland

South Yorkshire FIre & Rescue held a charity rowing challenge on The Moor. They attempted to row to Lapland using rowing machines. Crew Manager Lee Jones is pictured.
South Yorkshire FIre & Rescue held a charity rowing challenge on The Moor. They attempted to row to Lapland using rowing machines. Crew Manager Lee Jones is pictured.
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Firefighters ditched their fire engines for rowing machines as they attempted to cover the distance between Sheffield and Lapland - for charity.

They completed the gruelling challenge on four rowing machines on The Moor in Sheffield city centre, hoping to cash in on the generosity of shoppers in the run up to Christmas.

The firefighters raised £1,160 on the day, which will be donated to the Firefighter’s Charity, which supports injured firefighters and their families

Crew manager Lee Jones, one of the organisers, said: “We had four rowing machines on The Moor and had volunteers coming down all the way through the day.

“We had firefighters come down, people from headquarters as well as our senior officers, so it was a great mixture of people.

“It was a joint effort from the county for a great cause.

“The first few rowers did 10,000 metres each so what that meant was that the people who followed did that amount if not more to try and better each other, because that’s what we’re like in the fire service.

“People on The Moor were really generous and we’d like to thank them for their support.”

The High Sheriff of South Yorkshire, John Holt and his Under Sheriff, Rob Chitoriski, attended the fundraising event.

On the same day eight new firefighter recruits put their life saving skills to the test when they took part in a CPR challenge to raise money for the Firefighter’s Charity.

They performed CPR on first aid manikins for six hours in Meadowhall.

Fire service instructors were on hand to give basic life support and fire safety advice to Christmas shoppers.