Barmy Army on a high as they help raise cash for firefighters

Steve Mellor, Richard Minnikin, and brothers Lee and Laim Myers who joined firefighters to raise cash for charity
Steve Mellor, Richard Minnikin, and brothers Lee and Laim Myers who joined firefighters to raise cash for charity

FOUR charity fundraisers from the Borders Barmy Army were hoisted high above the Edinburgh skyline when they spent a day with the Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service, writes Bob Burgess.

They joined crews in the city and raised £900 for the Fire Fighters Charity.

And part of the experience was being raised in the hydraulic height appliance that is used in rescues and to pour water on blazing buildings.

The four also took part in drills and a simulated rescue from a burning ship.

Lee Myers commented: “We were extremely well-guided by professional and enthusiastic fire fighters who have a real passion for their duty.”

And brother Liam added: “We were given a real glimpse of what it is like to be a fire fighter. On the height appliance we rose well above the Edinburgh sky line and experienced sensational views.”

Steve Mellor added: “We took part in drills on how to enter and search a burning building and how to rescue casualties. One exercise involved the rescue of six people from a burning ship.”

And the fourth Barmy Army member who took part, Richard Minnikin, told us: “We were given an insight into just how tough a job this is and the fantastic work carried out by these brave men and women.

“The experience was extremely exciting and we are very grateful to the fire service for allowing the Barmy Army and a few others the opportunity to take in this event.”

The army’s next venture is a pantomime horse race at Kelso races on October 15 which is a fundraiser for their three-peaks challenge in aid of the Borders Macmillan ward at the Borders General Hospital.