Fire fighters pull out the stops for fun weekend

Biggleswade fire fighters pull an engine through town PNL-150917-123655001
Biggleswade fire fighters pull an engine through town PNL-150917-123655001

A weekend of fire fighting fun will keep Biggleswade busy as crews prepare to pull an engine through town and show people round their station.

On Saturday, Biggleswade Fire Station, in Chestnut Avenue, will roll back its huge shutters and invite people in to take a look.

Could you pick up an egg with the "jaws of life" PNL-150917-122129001

Could you pick up an egg with the "jaws of life" PNL-150917-122129001

Fire fighters will be demonstrating equipment and helping visitors have a go with a fire hose, from 10am to 2pm.

And after exploring the secrets of the fire engines, residents can support crews as they pull one of their 12 tonne vehicles through town for charity the following day.

On Sunday, seven teams of eight burly men and women will harness themselves to the truck and pull it 3.7 miles through town and the surrounding streets to raise funds for six charities.

Organiser Fire fighter Ryan Phillips said: “Last year we raised £3,333 through donations and sponsorship and we hope to top that

“So far, those that have signed up to help include town councillors, local paramedics, hair dressers, beauticians, rugby players, football players, musicians, artists, people from local businesses and fire fighters from all over Bedfordshire.

“To prepare, Biggleswade fire fighters have been eating healthily and training hard by lifting weights, running, and flipping tyres.”

He added: “All profit and donations will be split between six charities – the Fire Fighters Charity, East Anglian Air Ambulance, Mind, The Burns Camp, ActionAid and Sue Ryder.

“They’ve been chosen because they deal with a range of important issues, from supporting young burns survivors to end-of-life care and helping injured fire fighters recover.”

The pull starts at the top of Baden Powell Way at 11am and will head to Biggleswade United Football Club, where there will be a fun day from 2pm. The team aims to be in the town centre between 12.30pm and 1pm.

For more information and a link to a donation webpage, go to www.facebook.com/bigglesfireenginepull