Over 60 London firefighters and Brigade staff will take part in this week’s Flora London Marathon aiming to raise thousands of pounds for charity.
Firefighters from stations across the capital will be running to raise money for a wide range of charities but will also be using specially customised vests to remind Londoners to make sure their home has a working smoke alarm. They will be complimented by hundreds more Brigade staff who will be talking to the thousands of spectators about fire safety in their homes.
Islington Fire Brigade Borough Commander Peter Cowup, who has been coordinating the Brigade’s efforts in the Marathon for a number of years, said the marathon was “a perfect opportunity to make London a safer city by talking to people about the dangers of fire. Throughout the day our staff will be giving out advice, and banners and information are on display along the route.”
“Our runners will also be hoping to raise thousands of pounds for good causes – many of which have special significance for them.”
To support this year’s event, the Brigade is supplying around 300 members of staff and volunteers to act as marshals on the one and half mile stretch of the route along The Highway, East London.
Brigade personnel will also help to staff the drink station located at the Poplar High St section of the route.”