Fire­fighter Stair Climb re­sults are in!

The Drumheller Mail - - AROUND TOWN - Terri Hux­ley The Drumheller Mail

Four mem­bers of the Drumheller Fire & Res­cue par­tic­i­pated in the third an­nual Fire­fighter Stair Climb Chal­lenge at the Bow Tower in Cal­gary on May 7.

For the men’s 18 to 35 year old cat­e­gory, Kyle Smith placed 12th with a time of 0:13:49, and Mitch Smith placed 66th with a time of 0:15:41. As for the men’s 51+ cat­e­gory, Capt. Merv Smith placed 5th with a time of 0:17:01, and Dep. Chief Duane Bolin placed 8th with a time of 0:19:46.

“We were ex­pect­ing the worst but it ac­tu­ally came out a lit­tle bet­ter,” said Dep. Chief Duane Bolin.

The first-timers were able to keep a slow and steady pace at the be­gin­ning as to not lose all their en­ergy by the end.

They con­tin­u­ally prac­tice their fire train­ing and had been run­ning stairs through­out the Telus Build­ing dur­ing the win­ter months. The four also ran the ski hill a cou­ple times in full bunker gear.

“The worst thing was that we don’t have a build­ing that high to train in right,” said Bolin. The Bow Tower has 1205 stairs whereas the Drumheller Telus build­ing only has 100. The fire­fight­ers had to run the build­ing up and down 12 times in or­der to pre­pare for the Bow.

“We were all con­cerned about do­ing all 1200 stairs non-stop,” said Bolin. “What is that go­ing to be like?”

The event raised $3,345 in sup­port of fire­fight­ers and cit­i­zens in the com­mu­nity fight­ing cancer.

It was hosted by the Cal­gary Fire­fight­ers Benev­o­lent So­ci­ety and was pre­sented by En­cana Cor­po­ra­tion in sup­port of Well­spring Cal­gary.

“You know the big thing is, it wasn’t re­ally a race, it was a fun thing – good team event to train to­gether and work to­gether and the ul­ti­mate goal I guess was to raise money for the foun­da­tion,” said Bolin.

With 1205 stairs, they at least had an open view. Each floor had in­ter­est­ing ar­chi­tec­tural and el­e­va­tion tid­bits like how tall other build­ings were.

“You’re ac­tu­ally over­look­ing the city of Cal­gary all the way up and it’s pretty cool that ev­ery floor had writ­ing on the land­ing,” said Bolin.

Af­ter this first time climb­ing, others on the de­part­ment are now in­ter­ested in join­ing

“Def­i­nitely we had a few say that they were maybe go­ing to try it next year so that’ll be good,” said Bolin. “Maybe two teams for next year to go and try it out.”

Bolin was ap­pre­cia­tive of the sup­port that came to help spon­sor each fire­fighter in­di­vid­u­ally or as a team.

“I’d like to thank ev­ery­one that spon­sored our team,” said Bolin. “The real win­ners of it all was the foun­da­tion.”

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