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24th August 2011

 

AUSSIE FIREFIGHTERS SET TO ENTER NORTH NEW JERSE7 & NEW YORK CITYOFF TO COMPLETE A 600 MILE GOODWILL JOURNEY FROM DC TO NYC

 

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PERTH AMBOY , NEW JERSEY

 

2PM. WEDNESDAY AUGUST 24

 

Thursday August 25, paddle finish , Manhattan .

 

On Wednesday 3rd August 2011 two leading firefighters from City of Sydney Fire Station in Australia set out on the inaugural Fire Paddle, a 24 day relay paddle up the East Coast of America. Their aim; build relationships and raise awareness and funding for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

 

In a fun and relaxed relay paddle using both Kayaks and Stand Up Paddleboards a team of firefighters led by City of Sydney firefighters; Ben Chalmers and Shane Austin will begin their paddle on August 2nd from the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland down the Potomac River to Washington DC, then up the Intercoastal Waterway arriving in New York City for the Opening of the World Police & Fire Games 2011.

 

Reason for the adventure, Shane Austin says “After completing an International Firefighter Exchange I wanted to continue to develop the strong relationships both personally and professionally that exists between firefighters worldwide.  This trip is an excellent chance to meet fellow emergency personnel and support them in the great work they do.”

 

The 2011 World Police & Fire Games are being held in New York City respectfully coinciding with the ten year remembrance of September 11, 2001. The games’ will be empowered by two themes: Remembrance (always remember those who lost their lives on September 11 2001) and Gratitude (an opportunity for all New Yorkers to thank the world for the support that flooded into New York City).

 

The Fire Paddle team are still recruiting participants, looking for sponsorship and encourage fire-fighters from all over the globe to get involved. Visit www.firepaddle.org  to sign up or for further information. You can follow the journey on Twitter: @Firepaddle2011.  

 

For further information or to arrange an interview please contact:

Ben Chalmers

P USA :5164234969

+1 (609) 4893758

P Aus: +61 412 191 887
E:
ben@firepaddle.org

Shane Austin

E:
shane@firepaddle.org

 


About National Fallen Firefighters Foundation:
The United States Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to lead a nationwide effort to remember America's fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the tax-exempt, non-profit Foundation has developed and expanded programs to honour our fallen fire heroes and assist their families and co-workers.

The Foundation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, located in Emmitsburg, Maryland. It is registered as a corporation in the State of Maryland. The Foundation receives funding through private donations from caring individuals, organizations, corporations, and foundations.

A grant from the Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance supports programs for survivors of fallen firefighters. The Federal Emergency Management Agency partners with the Foundation to sponsor many of the National Memorial Weekend activities. The National Institute of Standards and Technology supports work on a national research agenda to prevent line-of-duty deaths.

About World Police & Fire Games:
The 2011 World Police & Fire Games and Memorial Inc. is an established 501(c)(3), registered not-for-profit organisation.  The World Police & Fire Games are currently the second largest multi-sport event in the world, surpassed only by the Summer Olympics.  The entities goal is to become the largest, most memorable sporting event the world has ever seen.

About Ben Chalmers:
Ben’s involvement within the paddle industry spans 25 years and includes numerous long distance paddle races. Currently Ben runs a kayak and SUP fitness and rental business in-addition to the past 21 years that he has continued his role as a professional lifeguard. Ben has been a firefighter with Fire & Rescue NSW for the past 12 years

About Shane Austin:
Shane Austin’s love of the water dates back to his early years when he began working as a diver which he continues to this day as a Scuba Instructor. This work has also guided Shane to becoming a Marine Master (Captain) who will be joined by other commercial skippers to assist with the navigation along the passage. Shane has been a firefighter with Fire & Rescue NSW for the past 13 years .

 

Follow their story on

 

twitter: @Firepaddle2011

 

Facebook: Firepaddle2011

 

Web:www: firepaddle2011.org

 

 

 


1st August 2011 
 
AUSSIE FIREFIGHTERS SET OFF TO U.S.A  
ON A GOODWILL JOURNEY 
 
Media Opportunity 
Emmitsburg , Maryland 
 
9am. National Fallen Firefighters Memorial 
 
10.30 am Paddle Start @ Toms Creek. 
 
 
On Wednesday 3rd August 2011 two leading firefighters from City of Sydney Fire Station in 
Australia will embark on the inaugural Fire Paddle, a 24 day relay paddle up the East Coast 
of America. Their aim; build relationships and raise awareness and funding for the 
National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. 
 
In a fun and relaxed relay paddle using both Kayaks and Stand Up Paddleboards a team of 
firefighters led by City of Sydney firefighters; Ben Chalmers and Shane Austin will begin 
their paddle on August 2nd from the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, 
Maryland down the Potomac River to Washington DC, then up the Intercoastal Waterway 
arriving in New York City for the Opening of the World Police & Fire Games 2011.  
 
Reason for the adventure, Shane Austin says “After completing an International 
Firefighter Exchange I wanted to continue to develop the strong relationships both 
personally and professionally that exists between firefighters worldwide.  This trip is an 
excellent chance to meet fellow emergency personnel and support them in the great work 
they do.” 
 
The 2011 World Police & Fire Games are being held in New York City respectfully 
coinciding with the ten year remembrance of September 11, 2001. The games’ will be 
empowered by two themes: Remembrance (always remember those who lost their lives on 
September 11 2001) and Gratitude (an opportunity for all New Yorkers to thank the world 
for the support that flooded into New York City). 
 
The Fire Paddle team are still recruiting participants, looking for sponsorship and 
encourage fire-fighters from all over the globe to get involved. Visit www.firepaddle.org  
 
to sign up or for further information. You can follow the journey on Twitter: 
@Firepaddle2011.   
 
For further information or to arrange an interview please contact: 
 
Ben Chalmers 
P USA : +1 (609) 4893758 
P Aus: +61 412 191 887 
E: ben@firepaddle.org 
 
Shane Austin 
 
E: shane@firepaddle.org 
 
 
About National Fallen Firefighters Foundation: 

The United States Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to lead a 
nationwide effort to remember America's fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the tax-exempt, 
non-profit Foundation has developed and expanded programs to honour our fallen fire 
heroes and assist their families and co-workers.  

The Foundation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, located in Emmitsburg, Maryland. It 
is registered as a corporation in the State of Maryland. The Foundation receives funding 
through private donations from caring individuals, organizations, corporations, and 
foundations.  

A grant from the Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance supports programs 
for survivors of fallen firefighters. The Federal Emergency Management Agency partners 
with the Foundation to sponsor many of the National Memorial Weekend activities. The 
National Institute of Standards and Technology supports work on a national research 
agenda to prevent line-of-duty deaths.  

About World Police & Fire Games: 

The 2011 World Police & Fire Games and Memorial Inc. is an established 501(c)(3), 
registered not-for-profit organisation.  The World Police & Fire Games are currently the 
second largest multi-sport event in the world, surpassed only by the Summer Olympics.  
The entities goal is to become the largest, most memorable sporting event the world has 
ever seen. 

About Ben Chalmers:  

Ben’s involvement within the paddle industry spans 25 years and includes numerous long 
distance paddle races. Currently Ben runs a kayak and SUP fitness and rental business in- 
addition to the past 21 years that he has continued his role as a professional lifeguard. Ben 
has been a firefighter with Fire & Rescue NSW for the past 12 years  

About Shane Austin:  

Shane Austin’s love of the water dates back to his early years when he began working as a 
diver which he continues to this day as a Scuba Instructor. This work has also guided Shane 
to becoming a Marine Master (Captain) who will be joined by other commercial skippers to assist with the navigation along the passage. Shane has been a firefighter with Fire & 
Rescue NSW for the past 13 years . 
 
Follow their story on  
 
twitter: @Firepaddle2011 
 
Facebook: Firepaddle2011 
 
Web:www: firepaddle2011.org 
 
 
 
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Shane Austin,
Aug 4, 2011, 4:28 AM
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ben chalmers,
Aug 24, 2011, 4:56 AM
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