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On Sunday, March 6, 2011, close to 1,550 firefighters representing 281 departments from 27 U.S. states, Canada, and New Zealand competed in the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb. The stairclimb is a timed race up the stairs at the Columbia Center in downtown Seattle, Washington in full fire gear and Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA). At 788 feet of vertical elevation, the Columbia Center in downtown Seattle, Washington stands as the second tallest building west of the Mississippi. It takes 69 flights of stairs and 1,311 steps to reach the observation deck overlooking the city.
This unique event is the largest individual firefighter competition in the world.
The annual stairclimb supports the mission of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Portland Firefighters have been busy raising money through sponsorships, fundraising, and entry fees. In 2010, the event featured over 1,500 firefighters from 247 different fire agencies and brought in a record $780,000 for blood-cancer research and patient services.
The 2011 climb honored four-year-old Hunter Smith of Port Orchard, Washington and 16-year-old Breonia Adam of Stayton, Oregon who both are successfully undergoing treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), a fast-growing cancer of the white blood cells and the most common form of leukemia among adolescents. Read their inspirational stories here.
According to the official Scott Firefighter Stairclimb website, race results for Portland Firefighters are as follows:
As a team, Portland Fire & Rescue placed 37th of 118 total firefighting agencies participating in the stairclimb. Access additional race results by clicking here.
As of Sunday, March 6, 2011, firefighters have raised over $695,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and they are not done yet! Fundraising efforts will continue until the end of March 2011. If you are interested in donating to Portland Fire & Rescue's Team or any other team or individual, click here to access the donation portion of the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb website.
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March 8, 2011