Step aside guys, it’s time for the women to show how it’s done.
Brandon Fire and Emergency Services is sending up an all-female team this year for its rooftop campout for charity.
"It thought that was a pretty great idea, so I jumped on board right away with that," said firefighter Sarah Peto, one of four women on the team who will brave the chilly weather for a good cause.
Fire halls across the country hold rooftop campouts in support of Muscular Dystrophy Canada, but Brandon firefighter/paramedic Sheldon Reynolds says this will be the first time in Canada that there’s an all-female fire hall team.
"They’re looking forward to it, but I think they’re quite glad that the weather warmed up this week," Reynolds said.
This marks the fourth year for the Brandon campout. In past years, the temperature has been as low as -50 C with the wind chill.
This year, the forecasted low is for -18 C overnight, without the wind chill.
"It’s not anything glamorous by any means," Reynolds said. "It’s a tent, and a cot and a sleeping bag," he said. "There’s no big-screen TV up there."
The team of two firefighters and two E911 dispatchers will ascend to the roof of No. 2 Fire Hall, at the corner of Queens Avenue and 13th Street, today at 1 p.m.
There they’ll remain for 72 hours — camped out in a tent and warmed by some heaters.
Their goal is to raise at least $15,000 for Muscular Dystrophy Canada. The donations will fund research and be used to buy equipment and provide support for Manitobans with Muscular Dystrophy.
Nearly $50,000 has been raised in the first three years of the event.
Donations can be made at both fire halls in the city during the campaign. Also, watch for firefighters to make an appearance alongside busy streets — they’ll be equipped with boots they’ll use to collect funds.
A "Buck 4 Luck" campaign is also underway in which supporters can buy a paper four-leaf clover for a dollar from Little Caesars Pizza and Heritage Co-op. That initiative will continue until March 18.
There will also be a Bud, Spud and Steak night at The Great Western Roadhouse on Saturday. The cost is $20 and tickets are available at the fire halls.
That ticket price includes entry in a draw for two tickets to anywhere WestJet flies.
Brandon residents can follow the campout at Brandon Firefighter Rooftop Campout on Facebook. At that page, visitors can follow a link under a photo of the campout team to make a donation online.
Peto has taken part in past rooftop campouts by collecting donations, but said she has always wanted to stay on the roof.
"I think we’re really going to have a great time," Peto said.
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