23 Aug GAFIRS help create viral video
Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS) crew took part in the making of a special viral video to raise awareness of a charity campaign.
The video – organised by Andy Elwood, a paramedic crewman of the Coastguard 104 rescue helicopter – is designed to highlight Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
It sees a number of 999 emergency services join forces to perform 22 press ups. The It’s Ok To Talk campaign has seen Andy complete 22 press ups everyday of August in a variety of different places.
He’s carried out the exercise in a variety of places, including on board an Isle of Wight ferry…
— Andy Elwood (@4ndyElwood) August 21, 2016
…on top of the Needles lighthouse
— Andy Elwood (@4ndyElwood) August 19, 2016
…and with Coastguard 104 hovering in the background.
— Andy Elwood (@4ndyElwood) August 8, 2016
But for his final day of the challenge he asked GAFIRS crews and other emergency services to take part in the finale at Lee-on-the-Solent.
GAFIRS crew Chris Newbrook, Paul Goulder and Tom Clark took the service’s Land Rover rescue vehicle along to help make the video.
Chris said: ‘We were delighted to be a part of this vital campaign. We are proud to work so closely with local emergency services and to be able to be part of this brilliant video was a pleasure.’
To help support the cause you can text ‘PTSD’ to 70660 to donate £5 to PTSD999.org.uk.