Lincolnshire firefighters scale 'Everest' for charity in city centre
New recruits to Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service are spending the day scaling the equivalent of Mount Everest on ladders.
The stunt, which is taking place until 4pm in Cornhill, Lincoln, will raise funds for The Firefighters Charity.
A team of 20 new firefighters, who are 11 weeks into their 13-week training programme, will each climb one of two 12-metre ladders 70 times in a bid to raise £70,000.
The distance climbed is around 8,848 metres - the height of Everest, the world's tallest mountain.
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In two weeks' time, the new intake will head out to begin full-time duty at fire stations across Lincs.
Donations were collected from the public during Monday's event, which marks The Firefighters Charity's 70th birthday.
"It's going really well - we even hope to finish early! It's a good challenge as Everest means something to most people, they are aware of just how high we are climbing," said fire officer Darren Stones, who has been overseeing the rookies' training.
New recruit Dave Moore, 30, who will be based in Boston, was finding the challenge hard work.
"I'm in fairly good shape but it's really hard work - it's strenuous but fun! The strain on your legs is the worst, mine are really throbbing!
"I'm really enjoying the training in general, especially learning to use the breathing apparatus. My dad has been in the service a long time and that inspired me to join really," added Dave, who was a retained firefighter and self-employed builder before joining the service full-time.
"We've had a really good response, there have been a lot of donations in the bucket and local businesses have supported us too. The West Cornwall Pasty Co have given us some sausage rolls to keep us going and Lindum hired us a Skyjack free of charge," added Darren.