World record holding firefighters are: back, from left, Jason Pook, Steve Ramsey, James Boutle, Paul Henty, Rick Funnell, Mani Gilbert-King; front, from left, are: George Stonehouse, Ian Ritchie, Simon Harris and Ryan Fleetwood-Jones.

Uckfield firefighters break world record

Update on Sunday, September 21: The Uckfield firefighters world record challenge success has raised at least £1,600 for charity.

About £800 was raised in sponsorship and Santander pledged to match fund the total.

Our original story: Uckfield firefighters have broken the world record for the distance dropped down a pole in an hour. A team of ten slid a distance of 6188 metres breaking the old record of 5240 metres with ease.Fire station world record attempt

They climbed a ladder to the top of a scaffolding tower then dropped down a pole one by one before climbing again. It was a relentless task and they looked exhausted as the minutes ticked by but carried on for about 15 minutes to complete the hour after breaking the record.

Previous holders of the record were Green Watch at Hove and when Red Watch at Uckfield took on the challenge they used the same pole which came from the old fire station in Keld Avenue, Uckfield.

The world record was set during a fun day at the fire station in Bell Farm Lane which was packed with people enjoying a range of entertainment, which included performances from Universal Dance, Uckfield Singers and Uckfield Performance Ensemble.

There were stalls and sideshows too and there were long queues for a special treat of riding in a fire engine when its siren was going.

All the money raised was for The Firefighters’ Charity which supports people in the fire and rescue community when they are in need.

fire service world record Kelsey Russell, age four, and her brother William, six.

Kelsey Russell, aged four, and her brother William, six, are ready for their trip in a fire engine.


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