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Hotham firefighters step up

Hotham firefighters step up

Mt Hotham Dinner Plain CFA firefighters will be holding a BBQ Fundraiser in the Village Square (Corral Car Park) on Saturday, 26 August 2017 from 12pm to 2pm.

The sausage sizzle proceeds will go into supporting 500 firefighters who will “step up to fight depression, PTSD and suicide” by climbing up the 28 floors of Crown Metropol Hotel wearing 25 kilos of Turnout Gear and Breathing Apparatus on Saturday, 2 September 2017. In its fourth year of running, three Mt Hotham Dinner Plain CFA firefighters will be completing the stair climb.

This year, the Firefighter's Charity Fund, with your help, aims to raise $500,000 for Lifeline and the Black Dog Institute to improve support services, fund research, remove stigmas and raise awareness of mental health issues like depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide, especially for those within the Emergency Service and Defence communities.

Over 3 million Australians are living with depression and anxiety, and 1 in 4 Australians will suffer from mental illness in their lifetime. Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians aged between 15 and 44 and 3000 Australians die every year from suicide, which is an average of 8 people every day.

With our emergency and defence communities, 10 per cent suffer from PTSD and 41 returned Australian Diggers have died by their own hand on home soil, which is more than we lost on the battlefield during 14 years of war in Afghanistan.

Mt Hotham Dinner Plain CFA’s 2nd Lieutenant and firefighter for fourteen years, Scott Ryan, will be completing the stair climb. He is currently your local snow bus driver getting you home at night time, and has been at Mount Hotham for four winters.

During summer, Mr Ryan is a Forest Firefighter for the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DEWLP).

"I'm doing this challenge to help my fellow emergency service workers who are suffering, and helping those in their time of need. I also want to pay my respects to the 28 MFB, 78 CFA and 343 FDNY firefighters lost on 9/11, who died in the line of duty,” Mr Ryan said. 

24 August 2017