FIREFIGHTERS working out at a gym. Yeah, big deal, you say.
But these guys aren’t career firefighters who pump iron while they’re waiting for a call out.
They’re the Ruby Fire Brigade volunteers who plan on taking on the ‘metro-men’ in the Melbourne Firefighters Stair Climb to be held in September.
They’ll be climbing 28 floors of the Crown Metropol Hotel in 25kg of turnout gear.
“It’s great for protection in a fire situation but it’s not good for much else,” Brigade Captain Michael Guest said.
He’ll be joined by fellow veterans Aaron Perks and Darren Hardacre and young brigade members Lachlan O’Connor, Nathan Hardacre and Matt Perks.
The three older gents though, are going to need some training, and that’s where Voyage Fitness in Leongatha has stepped in.
Manager Melinda Meade is designing a gruelling program that will take them to great heights.
“I love this sort of stuff,” she said, of preparing people for a specific goal.
“We also love supporting the community, especially these guys for the awesome job they do. It’s the least we can do.”
Michael said while the goal is to simply make it, there’s something else spurring them on.
“Leongatha (brigade) did it last year and they’ve put the challenge up to us this year.”
And it’s all raising funds at the same time.
Michael, Aaron and Darren will be training three times a week between now and September.
Keep an eye on their progress at the Ruby Brigade’s Facebook page.