Suffolk firefighters continue amazing fundraising efforts with new storytelling calendar

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Firefighters from Elmswell Fire Station are aiming to raise over £4,000 for local charities and good causes, to add to the staggering £100,000 they have raised

fireandrescuecommunitycalendarOn call firefighter, Ruth Reed, has designed a calendar to give the public an insight into the life of an on call firefighter in the Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service.

The calendar for 2019, which is on sale now, is entitled “Serving the Community” with each month featuring an Elmswell firefighter describing what they love about their job and the variety of work that they do.

Elmswell fire station is crewed by 11 on call firefighters who all have full time jobs, families, commitments and hobbies, yet all are willing to give their time to help those in need.

The majority give over 120 hours each week to being on call, and are ready to respond to any emergency, at any time. They could be reading their children a bedtime story, and 10 minutes later, giving life-saving assistance to someone trapped in a vehicle, or wearing breathing apparatus to tackle a 1000 degree fire.

Ruth became an on call firefighter with Elmswell fire station in April this year, having previously been a wholetime firefighter in London. She was immediately struck by the commitment of the crew and the voluntary fundraising they continuously do for the local community.

Ruth said:

“I wanted the calendar to show the dedication and skill of the crew, the versatility of our firefighter role and my pride in our Fire Service. It’s also to show our gratitude to both our community for their support, and our families and friends who regularly see us drop everything to respond to emergency incidents.”

“I’m a keen photographer and have captured behind-the-scenes images at the station, as well as some dramatic shots from incidents we have attended in the last year, in particular the many field and stack fires this summer.”

Mark Hardingham, Suffolk’s Chief Fire Officer, said:

“What Ruth and the firefighters at Elmswell have done is fantastic. Every year they raise thousands for local causes and the calendar is a really creative way to continue that work. Elmswell’s firefighters really are the heartbeat of their local community and this is a great way for the public to find out a little more about them…a perfect Christmas gift!”

All profits raised from sales of the calendar will be donated to local charities and good causes which make a difference to people’s lives. To purchase a calendar, contact ruth.reed@suffolk.gov.uk.

They will also be on sale at various local events, follow the Elmswell Fire Station Facebook page for more information. Calendars are A3 in size and cost £9.99 plus £3.95 postage and packaging (if required).