Four Graham Firefighters Climb Seattle’s Columbia Tower for Blood Cancer Awareness

March 28th, 2023

Four Graham Firefighters Climb Seattle’s Columbia Center Tower for Blood Cancer Awareness

Each year, thousands of firefighters from three different countries gather to climb the 69 floors of Seattle’s tallest building, the Columbia Center Tower, in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

The Scott Firefighter Stairclimb challenges firefighters to climb 1,356 stairs while “on-air” and wearing all of their structural firefighting gear, adding approximately 60 pounds of weight.

Climbing at a moderate pace, the climb can be done in about 30 to 45 minutes. However, some firefighters climb competitively. The record for fastest time is ten minutes and 38 seconds, set by Burnaby firefighter Craig Smith.

Graham Fire & Rescue had four firefighters participate in the stairclimb this year. The team raised $5,000 for the fight against blood cancers, and dominated the stairwell as seen by their times below:

  • Firefighter/EMT Adam Korby, 17:45
  • Firefighter/Paramedic Cole Richardson, 16:54
  • Firefighter/Paramedic Patrick Gallagher, 15:12
  • Firefighter/EMT Jasper Stenstrom, 14:48

We’re so proud of our members for challenging themselves physically and mentally to support such a meaningful cause.