The 24th annual Scott Safety Firefighter Stairclimb was held Sunday, March 8th in Seattle, Washington. Firefighters from 26 states and seven countries turned out in full firefighting kit to climb the 69 flights and in doing so raised $1.96 million for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
The event is one of the largest stairclimb events in the world provided an opportunity for a record 1,925 firefighters to climb 1,311 steps and 788 vertical feet to the top of Seattle’s Columbia Center Tower. Firefighters compete against one another as they race up 69 flights of stairs wearing full fire kit and breathing apparatus.
The competitors mustered at the foot of the Seattle landmark with the first firefighter entering the stairwell at 0900hrs, followed in 15-second intervals by the next competitor. Climbing times normally average 20 to 30 minutes, with the winner finishing in around 11 minutes. The event is so strenuous that firefighters typically must change their empty oxygen cylinders for full ones and a cylinder exchange area on the 40th floor gives competitors the chance to replenish oxygen.
“The Scott Safety Firefighter Stairclimb is about strength, resilience, and commitment,” says Jeff Emery, director of marketing for Scott Safety. “We are so proud and honored to be part of such a worthy cause that embodies these characteristics. It’s what Scott is all about—protecting what matters most, whether it’s the men and women of the fire service fighting danger on a daily basis or the child with lymphoma fighting for a future. It’s this passion for saving lives that we share with everyone involved in this event and it’s why we do what we do.”
This year’s winner was firefighter Andrew Drobeck, who completed the event in a time of 10 minutes and 46 seconds. Firefighter Michelle Croft from Columbia River Fire & Rescue was the top female finisher at 14 minutes and 54 seconds.
Since its inception, Scott Safety has helped raise $10 million for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The funds are used to help treat patients with leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma, as well as improve the quality of life for patients and their families.
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