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Mines Rescue Team up for the challenge

Mines Rescue Team up for the challenge

Posted May 18, 2021
Emergency Services

Media Release: Kit Wilson - OceanaGold

On Saturday morning four members of the OceanaGold Waihi Mines Rescue Team will don their BG4 breathing apparatus and firefighting ‘Level 2’ uniforms and climb as quickly as they can up 1,103 steps and 51 flights of stairs, a vertical height of 328 metres.

It’s not an emergency, it’s the annual Sky Tower Stair Challenge, and this year Waihi Mines Rescue Team members Shay Perkinson, Troy Hargreaves, Josh Foster and Jamie Bird will be joining colleagues from OceanaGold’s Macraes Mine and hundreds of firefighters in Auckland to raise much needed funds for leukaemia and blood cancer research.

What is it like climbing that far at speed with 25 kilogrammes of gear? Shay says it’s a bit like the children’s game ‘King of the Hill’ where you try to get to the top and everybody else is dragging you down. “Twenty-five kay-gee of gear gets to be pretty heavy, and the air from the breathing apparatus gets warm too, bit like trying to breathe through a hair drier.”

Shay says that while the physical weight is dragging each of them down, every member of the team is uplifted by the support of the community and the businesses which have contributed.

“We put in the training and the physical effort, but every single person who contributes even just the cost of a cup of coffee is right there with us on the climb and part of the team. That is what keeps us going.”

Troy, Jamie, Josh and Shay are still fundraising as they prepare for the event. For the cost of a coffee, you can be part of the team. Find out more here: https://firefighterschallenge.org.nz/

Photo: 2021-Waihi-Mines Rescue Sky Tower Team
Left to right - Troy Hargreaves, Josh Foster, Shay Perkinson, Jamie Bird