SYFRS rowing 180Two groups of firefighters from South Yorkshire have taken part in simultaneous challenges of rowing the distance to Lapland and performing six hours of CPR.

The challenges took place on 22 December with the first group on The Moor in Sheffield attempting to row the near 2,200km to the Arctic outpost. Meanwhile a group of eight new firefighter recruits were putting their life saving skills to the test by taking part in a six hour CPR challenge at Meadowhall.

The High Sheriff of South Yorkshire, Mr John Holt and his Under Sheriff Mr Rob Chitoriski attended the rowing challenge and both took their turns at rowing.

Both events were a great success and between them raised a fantastic £2,500 for The Fire Fighters Charity, which supports injured firefighters and their families through emotional and physical trauma.

Group Manager Stewart Nicholson said; “These challenges were a real struggle for both groups, but the support and donations from members of the public made it all worthwhile. They all did a brilliant job and have raised an amazing amount of money for The Fire Fighters Charity. Well done to all involved.”