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Media Release

Firefighters to walk for a reason
Tuesday 22 May 2012 – 9:00 AM

Firefighters from Welshpool Fire and Rescue Service will walk in full protective clothing and breathing apparatus in the four kilometre leg of the HBF Run-For-A-Reason on Sunday 27 May.

The group is expected to stand out as it hikes the route with each firefighter wearing 20 kilograms of yellow firefighting gear.

Senior Firefighter Russell Francke said the firefighters were participating as they were keen to help the community beyond their normal duties.
 
“The team are pretty fit, but walking four kilometres in protective clothing is not part of our normal day,” he said.
 
“We’re all looking forward to the challenge and raising funds for our chosen charity at the same time.”
 
Firefighter Brad Gallaher said the firefighters were also keen to raise awareness of home fire safety.
 

“With winter about to start, people need to be aware of the increased risk of house fires.”

“So along the way we will hand out some free fire blankets and fire extinguishers.”

“We’re keen to get people thinking about how they can help stay safe at home, so that we can go to one less tragedy.”

Firefighters attend more than 1500 fires in homes and businesses each year across WA.
 
Donations can be made to the firefighters’ chosen charity, the Cancer Council of WA, by visiting www.hbfrunfundraising.com.au/welshpoolfirees
 

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