On March 12th seven of our OCFD6 firefighters will once again be participating in the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb. This event brings over 1,900 firefighters from more than 300 departments and multiple countries together in order to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). Participants climb all 1,311 steps of Seattle’s Columbia Center (the 2nd tallest building west of the Mississippi) wearing all of their bunker gear and breathing from a Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (bunker gear and SCBA combined weight is about 60 lbs). Climbers get a chance to catch their breath during the air bottle change on the 40th floor but they still have to make it to the 69th floor to finish.
Each participant pays an $80 entry fee when they register in November (the event sells out in minutes) then they must raise a minimum of $300 by the day of the event in order to be allowed to enter the stairwell. The entry fees and sponsorships cover the costs associated with putting on the event. This allows all of the money the firefighters raise to be used directly for treatment and patient services. Last year’s climb set a record by bringing in more than $2.3 million.
The LLS’s mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. If you’d like to find out more about this event please go to www.llswa.org If you’d like to donate to this amazing cause and support one or more of our local firefighters in their efforts go to: www.llswa.org and type in the name(s) of the firefighter of your choice in the search bar. All money collected goes directly to the LLS, our firefighters pay for all other costs.
This years OCFD6 stairclimbers:
Mark Crum, Bill McAdow, Josh Jankowski, Jeremiah Fossness, Tiago Pacheco, Thor Johnson and Brian McAuliffe.