Tur­bu­lence team-mate has ex­tra tough mis­sion

Auckland City Harbour News - - Front Page - By Janie Smith

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.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Fight­ing fit: Avon­dale fire­fight­ers, from left: Logan Martin, Dean Ir­win and Paul Manu will run up the Sky Tower.

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