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Echuca firefighters to get climbing

Jarrad James, Col Munro and Nathan Jobling will climb stairs next month to raise money for burns victims.

IVY WISE August 28, 2014 3:04am

Firefighters (from left) Nathan Jobling, Col Munro and Jarrad James will climb 28 floors to raise money for burns victims next month.

Three Echuca firefighters are training to tackle a staggering 28 floors — and in full uniform — next month in an effort to raise money for burns victims.

Echuca Village Fire Brigade’s deputy group officer Jarrad James and Echuca Fire Brigade’s 2nd lieutenant Col Munro and 4th lieutenant Nathan Jobling are hoping to raise $1000 each in the inaugural Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb on September 7.

The volunteer firefighters have been training at Victoria Park twice a week, running up and down the grandstand’s 44 steps with 25kg of protective clothing and breathing apparatus on their backs.

Echuca Village Fire Brigade communications officer Jessica James said although it was not a race the men hoped to complete the challenge in less than 10 minutes.

‘‘The boys are a little bit competitive, so they all want to beat each other and see who can raise the most money,’’ Mrs James said.

The firefighters will join career and volunteer firefighters from around the world at Crown Metropol Hotel for the event, which aims to raise $100,000 for The Alfred Hospital Burns Unit.

Mr Munro, who had raised $535 by late yesterday, urged the community to support a good cause.

‘‘As a firefighter, I have seen many people who have needed the burns unit,’’ he said.

‘‘I visited a friend that was having some treatment there and the staff that work there are absolutely amazing.

‘‘When I saw that I could do something to help, I didn’t have to think twice to decide I was going to do this.

‘‘We all hope that we never have to need the burns unit, but please dig deep and give what you can so we can help those who unfortunately need it.’’

To donate, log onto and type in the firefighter’s name.

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