In the interest of raising money for the Firefighters’ Charity, Ringwood firefighters took on the daunting challenge of climbing the equivalent of Mount Everest in height—a total of 29,031 feet—on one of the hottest days of the year. 

The firefighters were assisted by colleagues from Fordingbridge as they climbed a 13.5m triple extension ladder up a scaffolding tower to a platform, before descending down the tower using another 13.5m ladder. 

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The challenge was the highlight of a 999 Day held at the Carvers Field on Saturday, September 9.

As well as special fire appliances from the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, other blue light services, including the police, ambulance, coastguard, search and rescue and Red Cross personnel showed off their vehicles and equipment. 

Heavy recovery units were on display, plus the RSPCA and Blood Bikes, whilst Wessex Fire and Rescue showed a pair of former Hampshire fire appliances and a 150-year-old manual fire engine from Lymington.