It's not all about fire fighting
Carnivals, Festivals, Raft Races, Duck Races!
It’s Not All About Fighting Fires!!

As well as protecting the local community Fordingbridge Fire Station has always been involved in many
other areas of community life.

For numerous years the station entered floats in the annual summer carnivals and also took part in the
spring festivals, rustic sports and ‘It’s a Knockout’ competitions.
For several years in the 1990’s the station organised the annual raft race on the River Avon which saw some pretty
awesome contraptions sailing on the water! The day also included a ‘Duck Race’ which was always a popular
event with 500 plastic ducks bobbing along the river to the finish line!

     The Fire Station Duck Race and annual Raft Race always saw merriment on the River Avon

During the 1990’s the station regularly attended carnivals, shows and fetes with a ‘Ducking Stool’. This attraction
always caused great amusement and helped make lots of money for various charities over the years.

Fordingbridge’s ‘Ducking Stool’ in use – as can be seen the fun did involve getting rather wet!

The station climbed Mount Everest the hard way to raise funds for ‘Children in Need’ in December 1994. By
completing 645 individual ascents of a 135 ladder up the drill tower the crew scaled the equivalent height of the
World’s biggest mountain! The feat took a total of 4 hours 24 minutes and 54 seconds to complete.

Training for the ‘Everest’ challenge in 1994
 Top to Bottom: Dean Palmer, Pete White, Dave Stone & Snowy Horsburgh

The station took part in the divisional darts league for some years, never with a huge amount of success, and also
played in the ‘5 a side’ football tournament for a couple of years in 1996 and 1997.

The ‘Fordingbridge Flyers’ in 1996
Andy Brooks, Pete White, Snowy Horsburgh, Paul Dorrington & Dave Ings

In 1999 the station took on an international flavour and a team cycled from Fordingbridge to Vimoutiers, the town’s
twin village in Normandy, France, for a weekend exchange visit with the Pompiers of Vimoutiers. The cycle ride went
from Fordingbridge through to the ferry terminal at Portsmouth and then restarted in Caen with the trip down to
Vimoutiers. It was quite an exhausting journey but the weekend’s festivities were worth the pain and the
Fordingbridge firefighters were superbly hosted by their French counterparts.

The team enroute to Portsmouth Ferry Terminal July 1999
L-R: Colin Coley, Jim Hesford, Kev Nicklen, Pete White,
John Mouland, Paul Dorrington, Snowy Horsburgh

Another major achievement by the station was the provision of an individual smoke alarm to each school child
within Fordingbridge’s fire ground during 2001. In total over £5,000 was raised by the station to hopefully make the
future of our community a little bit safer.

Individual smoke detectors being presented to Fordingbridge Junior School
pupils by John Mouland, Pete White & Ross Freeman

The tenth anniversary of the Fordingbridge Fire Station 10K race in May 2006 was celebrated by all the runners
receiving a specially designed T-Shirt as well as the normal finishers medal.

Preparing for the start of the ‘tenth’ 10K race in May 2006
L-R: Pete White, John Mouland, Julia Mouland, Ross Freeman, Mark West & Derek Jones

The Team of marshalls and helpers after the 10th 10km Run May 2006

The picture that appeared in the Ringwood & Fordingbridge Journal (Jane, Steve & Lee actually ran it!)
The following two photo's show us at Fordingbridge and then at Romsey having cycled with the Firemen
from Bluewatch who who were cycling around all the Stations in Hampshire to comemmerate the two
Firefighters who lost their lives in Southampton.