Local firefighters Mike Sihvo, Ty Gregg, Jeff Acton, James MacDonald, James Bacon and Glen Cherlet recently attended the Climb the Wall: Stair Climb for Clean Air organized in Vancouver by the BC Lung Association.
Chief Rib Girard said that over the last two years our firefighters attended and raised around $1,500 for research into lung related disease and lung health awareness programs.
“As well as competitive and non-competitive civilian categories, the firefighter category involves firefighters from all over the province racing up 48 storeys of the Sheraton Wall Center in Vancouver wearing full turn-outs and breathing apparatus which is about 50 lbs of gear,” he told The Revelstoke Current.
“Due to the un unavailability of tall buildings in Revelstoke, our firefighters trained in the hose tower at the Revelstoke Fire Station which involved running up and down 10 times for a total of 50 stories up and down for each set.”
The six local guys all finished with times varying from 8 to 15 minutes, while several firefighters from other departments failed to finish.
“Overall, it was a great experience for them to meet some other firefighters from around the province while raising some money for the lung association,” Girard said. “They are very grateful for the donations of the public who supported them during their fundraising at Coopers.”
Here are photos of our guys in action at the event: