THEY may be more familiar with fighting fires, but that is not going to stop Eglinton Rural Fire Brigade’s crew from taking part in this year’s Relay for Life.
This is the third year the brigade’s volunteer firefighters have taken part in the community event which raises funds and awareness for the Cancer Council.
Eglinton Brigade Deputy Captain Nathan Inwood said the Relay for Life was very well supported by the firefighters and this year eight people would take part.
“We’re a community-minded brigade,” he said.
Relay for Life is an overnight event that commences at 1.45pm on Saturday, March 10 and concludes at 9am the following day.
The idea behind the relay was to have one member of your team walking or running the circuit at all times during the 19-hour event.
Deputy Captain Inwood said not only would firefigthers be walking the track during the entire event, but they would also take turns in wearing breathing apparatus.
I don’t think there’s anyone who can say they don’t know someone impacted by cancer.Deputy Captain Nathan Inwood
“It’s [a metal cylinder filled with] compressed air that’s strapped to our back that we would usually use when we go into a burning building,” he said.
By late Thursday, the brigade had raised almost $500 towards their fundraising goal of $2000.
“I don’t think there’s anyone who can say they don’t know someone impacted by cancer,” Deputy Captain Inwood said.
To make a donation to the firefighters, visit the Eglinton Fire Brigade’s Relay for Life fundraising page.