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Fire Minister, Brandon Lewis MP, formerly launched the Chief’s Charity Challenge at the LGA Conference, which this year was held in Brighton in March 2013.

Operation Florian has invited Chief Fire Officers and Chief Executives from all Fire and Rescue Services’ to take part.  Participants can chose whatever activity they wish to undertake in order to raise money for Operation Florian and a charity of their choice.

Pictured are some of the Principal Officers that have agreed to take part, including Sir Ken Knight, who has recently accepted the role of Ambassador for the Charity.

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Sir Ken has served the UK and international Fire and Rescue community with distinction in many roles both in and outside of the fire and rescue service he also represents local communities at the highest level too.

An active and well respected leader with a wealth of experience, Sir Ken is a welcome critical friend and active promoter of the charity we are very proud with this new association, particularly that Sir Ken has agreed to give his time to assist us practically and promote the charities objectives.

The challenge will run from 1st May 2013 until 31st December 2013 and participants are asked to raise a minimum of £1000.00.  All monies donated to Operation Florian will help UK Fire Fighters save lives, worldwide.

Brandon Lewis says: “I am delighted to be able to launch this Charity Challenge. I havebeen very impressed with the work that Operation Florian does to improve firefighting standards in countries where there is a dire need for better equipment and training. This is not only a credit to the people who put so much effort into fundraising for Operation Florian, but to those fire and rescue authorities who donate equipment. I very much hope that you will be able to support Operation Florian in this challenge,and make this another great success for the British fire and rescue service.”

For further information on the Chiefs Charity Challenge please contact ACFO Steve Owen-Hughes at Steve.Owenhughes@surreycc.gov.uk