THE Cheshire Firefighter Challenge and Birchwood Fire Station open day raised more than £1700 at a free family fun day.

The eight-challenge course, which tested the strength and ability of competitors, was taken on by 50 firefighters from across the country.

Richard Wilds from Humberside Fire and Rescue Service won while Ellen Hill from Lymm was the fastest woman.

The family day also incorporated Birchwood Fire Station’s open day, demonstrating some of the work the emergency services undertake.

Station manager Mark Pollard, said: “The competition was excellent, with competitors encouraging and cheering each other on showing the sense of comradery that exists within the service.

“The public have an expectation of their firefighters and the challenge demonstrated the dedication they give to maintaining an excellent level of fitness, their commitment and professionalism.”

“The challenge encouraged the involvement of female firefighters and highlighted the inclusive nature of the service.”

Challenge organiser, crew manager Ryan Cook said: “The event was organised by firefighters for firefighters with the purpose of raising funds for The Fire Fighters Charity and demonstrating all of the excellence of the fire service.

“A particular highlight for event attendees was the ‘dunk the firefighter’ stand with donations raising almost £140 to the worthy cause. The Fire Fighters Charity ‘rescue the rescuers’ and help them to recover their lives when they need it most. Thank you to all those who attended the event and helped raise such a remarkable amount of money for the charity.

“Not only did those attending the event witness a sporting event like no other, but also received important community and safety advice from a number of organisation and agencies.”