Turbulence team-mate has extra tough mission
Running up the Sky Tower in full firefighting gear would be a challenge for most, but Paul Manu is going further.
The Avondale fireman is part of a team doing the Firefighter Sky Tower Challenge on Saturday.
But before running his leg of the team event, he will do the individual challenge, running up all 47 flights of stairs in his gear and breathing apparatus.
He could do the individual race in normal running clothes, but thought that sounded “far too easy”.
“I’m looking for a challenge,” he says.
He, Logan Martin and Dean Irwin make up Avondale station’s team Turbulence, named for a recent training exercise.
They will compete against teams from 58 other fire brigades, raising money for the Leukaemia and Blood Foundation.
They have more than 12 years of firefighting experience between them and are used to the heavy gear.
“It will be hard to suck in air when you are trying to get up there,” says Dean.
To sponsor team Turbulence contact the Avondale Fire Station on 828-8250.
Fighting fit: Avondale firefighters, from left: Logan Martin, Dean Irwin and Paul Manu will run up the Sky Tower.