Local firefighters compete in Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge

Matt Downey and Steve Scanland climbed the Bow Tower in Calgary, April 29

Steve Scanland and Matt Downey competed in the Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge in Calgary April 29. The duo raised more than $3,000 to support Wellspring Calgary. Photo Submitted.

Steve Scanland and Matt Downey competed in the Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge in Calgary April 29. The duo raised more than $3,000 to support Wellspring Calgary. Photo Submitted.

Two of Sylvan Lake’s firefighter successfully completed the Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge over the weekend.

Matt Downey and Steve Scanland climbed 775 vertical feet, which equates to a total of 1,204 steps.

The two firefighters climber the steps in full duty gear, which is roughly 50 pounds of gear and equipment to the top of the Bow Tower in downtown Calgary.

The climb up the tower was in a glass stairwell, with temperature reported reaching the high 20s.

In addition to the challenge, the duo also raised over $3,600 to support Wellspring Calgary. This organization raises awareness and support for firefighters and citizens living with cancer.

Wellspring Calgary provides free programs and resources to those affected by cancer, so no one has to face cancer alone.

“We all know that cancer is a grim possibility in our line of work. Thank you for helping us make a difference in the life of someone facing cancer,” the Sylvan Lake Fire Department’s Facebook page states.

Wellspring Calgary will also be donating a portion of the event’s proceeds to the Firefighters Assistance Charitable Society (FACS). This group works to “empower and strengthen” firefighters by enhancing the success and resilience of the firefighter community.

The Sylvan Lake Fire Department thanked all its supporters of the event, as well as its major sponsor, the Sylvan Lake and District Lions Club.

Overall, the Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge on April 29 raised over $330,000 for Wellspring Calgary and Firefighters Assistance Charitable Society.



megan.roth@sylvanlakenews.com

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