Firefighters’ 15,000-feet leap from a plane for good cause

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FIREFIGHTERS swapped their ladders for a plane for a 15,000 feet skydive.

The group of 10 who work for West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, including four from Calderdale, carried out the leap at Hibaldstow in Lincolnshire in aid of the Fire Fighters Charity.

Station manager for Calderdale and district Dom Furby was one of the four from this district, along with Spencer Green from Halifax Fire Station, Ronan Bruce from Illingworth Fire Station and Farooq Bostan, who works for Calderdale’s fire safety team.

As firefighters they are used to heights but do not usually find themselves as high up as 15,000 feet. Station manager Furby said: “We thought it was a novel way of raising money.

“All of us were quite nervous.

“Your body can’t get round the fact that you’re going to jump out of a plane at 15,000 feet.

“But it’s the most exhilarating thing that you can do, it’s a phenomenal experience.

“Once you’ve done it, it’s something that you want to experience again.”

The team collected £3,500 by doing the jump and are planning another one next year.

“We want to thank everyone who supported us,” said station manager Furby.

He added there were several other events lined up for the Fire Fighters Charity as well as next year’s sky dive, including a sponsored head-shave in November.

Anyone interested in adding to the team’s sponsorship money should call him at Halifax Fire Station on 01422 386820.

The Fire Fighters Charity helps serving and retired firefighters and their families.

Its support includes advice on a broad range of issues as well as practical assistance.

It has three centres in Devon, Cumbria and West Sussex that offer rehabilitation programmes as well as recuperation breaks after illness, injury, or other problems. The charity relies on donations and needs £9m a year.

You can also donate online by visiting www.firefighterscharity.org.uk.