Static Bike Challenge
Firefighters from Llandelio Fire
Station took part in a 22-hour static bike challenge to raise money for
Llandilo Rural Fire Brigade who have been tirelessly battling the devastating
bush fires in Australia. LLandilo town
in Australia was named after Llandelio in Carmarthenshire and the Fire Stations
have maintained their connection over the years.
Seeing the efforts and the
devastation of the bush fires in Australia and the work and dedication from the
Firefighters to ensure their communities are safe, crews from Llandelio decided
to raise funds by undertaking a 22 hour cycle on static bikes to represent the
time it takes to fly to Australia.
On the 15th February
2020 at 3pm the challenge started! The firefighters were split into two teams
of five, with each team taking it in turn to cycle for 30 minutes each throughout
the 22 hours. This ensured that they were continually cycling whilst still
being able to provide operational cover. All this took place during Storm Dennis and
during the challenge crews were called out to a total of eight incidents, one
of which was a property flooding, during which crews rescued 6 adults and 2
dogs from a potentially critical situation.
Watch Manager, John Herman from
Llandeilio Fire Station said:
entire experience has brought the two fire stations closer together, and after
keeping in contact throughout this last few months, we look forward to continuing that connection for
years to come!”
Over the two days, crews welcomed
many visitors who came to show their support and donate money to the
charity. To date the figure stands at £2,500 which is equivalent to almost $4900
AUD, and this figure is still rising with donations coming in from schools,
town councils and public donations!
Crews would like to give a special thanks to Llandelio CP School and
Ysgol Gynradd Ffaifach who raised collectively over £800 for the challenge.