Firefighters climb stairs in race to raise money

Team competes in annual Seattle event to fight leukemia

A team of Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue firefighters will run up stairs Sunday in Seattle to raise money for the battle against leukemia.

Forty-one members of the fire district Local 1660 team will participate in the 16th annual Scott Firefighter Stairclimb in the 788-foot-high Columbia Center in downtown Seattle. The team joins 1,200 firefighters from 180 departments across the nation in the annual fund-raiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

The event requires firefighters to wear full gear (which is darn heavy) and air packs to race up 69 flights of stairs and 1,311 steps to reach the observation deck and finish line overlooking the city.

Last year the fire district/Local 1660 team placed fifth out of 128 teams. Three members were in the race's top 100.

Last year the fire distict team raised more than $10,000 for the program. This year the team hopes to raise $12,500.