NZ Steel firemen tackle Tower
“We had the most participants from all the brigades in the Franklin District,” said team captain Clint van Eyssen after the event, which saw more than 100 fire stations represented from throughout New Zealand.
Around 750 firefighters battled their way to the top of Auckland’s Sky Tower in full firefighter gear weighing up to 25kg.
The New Zealand Steel Glenbrook Industrial Fire Brigade finished 7th overall and 3rd in the class three category for teams with more than 10 members, in the team fund raising, with a total of $23,319.
Overall the event has raised more than $1, 018,091 for the cause.
“As part of our fundraising we visited schools in the Franklin area, taking children through our junior combat challenge course.
This has become a highlight on our fund raising calendar and children as young as five years old get to experience what it could be like to be a firefighter,” Clint said.
“We also held sausage sizzles, raffle draws, gate collections and a quiz night to raise money. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors and supporters that gave so generously to help us reach our fund raising goal.”