No, not Pole Dancers – Pole Droppers. Rye Firefighters will be doing a sponsored pole drop in aid of the firefighters charity. The date to remember is Bank Holiday Monday 30 August at The Strand between 1.30pm and 3.30pm.

The Rye Firefighters will be doing as many pole drops as physically possible within the two hours.

All Rye Firemen have individual sponsor forms where an amount may be pledged and a guess of how many times they will slide down the pole as a crew. The Correct guess or closest to it will win £100.

Refreshments will be available. The money raised will be all donated to the Firefighters Charity.

Every year thousands of fire fighters are injured whilst protecting the public. Every 30 seconds in the UK firefighters are called to a incident, putting their lives on the line, and often sustaining physical injuries whilst carrying out their duties. The Firefighters charity is here for firemen during their time of need, and assists over 13,500 individuals every year, by providing pioneering treatment and support services.

The firefighters modern, dynamic and award winning charity has three UK centres, located in Cumbria, Devon and West Sussex. These offer varying combinations of therapy and recuperation services. The pioneering new beneficiary support services also give local and remote assistance to people in need nationwide – providing solutions to real life problems.

It costs 9 million every year to keep the charity running, and with no government funding it relies solely on donations from the general public and fire community.

Please go along and support Rye’s part time fire crews on the day. Remember these are the people who were first to the huge chemical spill at Rye Harbour, they went in not knowing what hazards they faced, determined that, whatever the risk, they would make it safe for the rest of us.

They do not hesitate when fire, flood or other catastrophes happen. Rye Firemen have always been among the best in the County, they have protected Rye for over 100 years, from the days of horse drawn appliances through to the modern equipment used today. They are there when we need them, can you be there on Bank Holiday Monday to support them?