Firefighters pulled a 17 tonne fire truck around Beverley town center today to raise money for the relief effort in Ukraine.
Starting at Beverley Fire Station, the group of firefighters walked down New Walkergate, Railway Street, up Lairgate and down Hengate, before stopping for a break at the Saturday market where people could donate to the Committee for disaster emergency.
After a short break and a drink of water, the determined firefighters then strapped in and drove the fire truck back to the station to widespread applause from Beverley residents.
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Dan Hind was the local firefighter in charge of organizing the event. Speaking to Hull Live about the challenge, Dan said: “We’ve done one before for the Haiti tsunami many years ago. It’s a totally different crew in Beverley now and only a few- a few of us were there for that one.
“We managed to raise a lot of money last time, so hopefully we can do the same today. This fire truck weighs around 17 tons, so it’s hard work, but we’re all fit guys, so I’m sure we’ll get there.”
The crew then went around Beverley in some of the hottest weather this year so far and made pulling the fire truck easy.
Encouraged by Beverley residents, the crew spent around 40 minutes ferrying the fire engine around town before returning to the station.
Catching up with Dan afterwards, he said: “It was brilliant and we got it done a lot quicker than we thought. The audience was amazing and all of our donation buckets got a lot of money.
“I hope we raised a lot for a really good cause. I’m really proud of the guys and they dug really deep.
“It might not look like it when you walk around Beverley, but there are a lot of hills and pulling a 17-tonne truck over them takes a lot of excitement. The guys really dug hard.”
At the time of writing, the firefighters have raised £500 for Ukraine from their engine, 25% of their £2,000 target.
To help them reach their goal, you can donate to the Humberside Fire & Rescue Ukraine appeal by by clicking here.