Brigade steps up

Te Awamutu Volunteer Fire Brigade has 13 participants taking part, including, from the top, Rob Willey, Glenn Anderson, Rachel Burkhart, Lochy Rollinson, Ngaia Henry and Danny Smith.

Te Awamutu has been a strong participant in the Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge which takes place on May 22 over the years and this year will be no different with more than a dozen firefighters taking part from the town.

The event is in its 17th year and brings together 1,000 firefighters from around New Zealand to fundraise and compete in this amazing event at Auckland’s Iconic Sky Tower.

This year the Te Awamutu Volunteer Fire Brigade has 13 participants taking part in the event and have been hard at work training and fundraising since the start of the year says Station Officer Danny Smith.

“Thanks to those kind shoppers who donated at the two bucket collections outside Pak ‘n Save Te Awamutu and a collection at a Kihikihi Speedway meeting,” he said.

“The Brigade has been long supporters of this event and appreciate the kind ongoing support from friends, family, and the community.”

Firefighters wearing full kit weighing up to 25kgs climb the 51 flights of stairs or 1103 steps to reach the Observation level of the Sky Tower standing 328 metres tall.

The annual event is a fundraiser for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand and funds raised support patients and families throughout the country.

The Te Awamutu crew has raised $8600 and aims to hit the $10,000 mark.

For more information go to and find ‘Te Awamutu Volunteer Fire Brigade’.

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