Crew members of Avon Fire and Rescue Service climbed the equivalent height of the 110 stories of the World Trade Centre early on Saturday morning. 

The charity challenge took place at Ashton Gate Stadium starting at 8:46am, the same time the first plane hit the North Tower, and continued for 102 minutes, the length of time between the first crash and the last tower collapsing.

More than 30 firefighters from AF&RS volunteered to take on the challenge in the Lansdown Stand staircase wearing full firefighting kit, including boots and breathing apparatus, attempting to achieve 28 climbs over the duration of the challenge.

The full fire kit worn during the challenge aims to represent the kit worn by those who responded to the terror attacks 20 years ago, weighing approximately 25kg.

Rich Wheeler, Watch Manager of White Watch Bath, is organising the challenge, he said: “As I am sure many firefighters do, I vividly remember the horrendous 9/11 attacks, and, taking on this challenge we’ll feel just some of the pressure that the responding firefighters felt on that awful day. It’s important for us to mark the 20th anniversary, in memory of the 343 members of the firefighting family who we lost in the emergency response and all others who sadly lost their lives.

“We’re extremely grateful for any and all donations as we raise money for The Firefighters’ Charity. I’d also like to say a huge thank you to all those at Ashton Gate for allowing us to mark the anniversary by taking on this challenge at the stadium.”

The Firefighters’ Charity offers specialist, lifelong support for members of the UK fire services community, empowering individuals to achieve mental, physical and social wellbeing throughout their lives.