Fit firies face tough task

Bryn Nightingale, Mark Coultas and Lincoln Franceschi from Belmont Fire Station. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d418314
Bryn Nightingale, Mark Coultas and Lincoln Franceschi from Belmont Fire Station. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d418314

The four-man team intends to do the Step Up For MS Challenge the hard way ” in full structural firefighting gear ” and will even carry oxygen tanks and wear masks for the 1103-step journey to the top of Perth’s tallest building.

‘With firies there’s two ways of doing Step Up for MS ” keen or extreme. We chose extreme,’ he said of the decision to don breathing apparatus and carry cylinders.

‘Basically we will be wearing exactly what we would wear into a house fire.’

Joining him in the team representing Belmont Fire Station are colleagues Mark Coultas, of Noranda, Rick Curnow and Lincoln Franceschi, who recently transferred to Malaga station.

With gloves, boots, helmets, over-trousers, tunics and the oxygen cylinders, Mr Nightingale estimated each of the four would be lumped with about 22kg of additional weight for the stairclimb.

He doesn’t expect to break any speed records, but will be satisfied if the team can contribute to the MS Society fundraiser and work together to achieve a task that they could one day be faced with at work.

‘This is one of the events that people would associate with being a firey, running into a building and up flights of stairs,’ Mr Nightingale said.

‘We are all in reasonably fit shape already but we will do some extra things for training this week, such as Jacob’s Ladder.’