Team of firefighters tackle 12 mile assault course carrying Fred the dummy

05 September 2018
4 firefighters, in full gear, holding up the strecher carried around assault course

​A team of firefighters will be tackling a 12 mile muddy assault course, while dressed in full fire gear, to raise money for charity.

Throughout the course, the eight members, including four from Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service and four from London Fire Brigade, will also be carrying a stretcher containing a 40kg training dummy named Fred.

The team will be raising money for Mind’s Blue Light programme, which provides mental health support for emergency services staff and volunteers.

The Northamptonshire team members include: Helen Durman, Martin Parsons, Hazel Clements and Ryan Chambers.

Mental health really matters

Firefighter Helen Durman said: “We won’t be wearing helmets but we will be in the fire tunic and leggings, and fire kit is heavy. Just for an added challenge, there will be the dummy to carry too. It will take a lot of endurance to get over obstacles and through water.

“We have called our team Mind Over Mudder, which refers to the very worthy charity for which we are all fundraising. The programme does such brilliant work supporting all members of the emergency services in their time of need. Members of the emergency services save lives every day and mental health really matters.”

The event will be held in London on September 29, and the team members are encouraging people to support them using their Just Giving page or texting XFFX99 £2 / £5 / £10 / £20 to 70070.

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