Posted: Feb 15, 2013 9:07 AM by Judy Slate
Updated: Feb 15, 2013 9:17 AM
BOZEMAN - Firefighters from Central Valley and Bozeman fire departments are undergoing rigorous training to get ready for a fundraiser next month in Seattle.
The money raised in the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb goes to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.
"We're training to climb 69 floors, 1,311 stairs, wearing full firefighter combat gear. Training five days a week, trying to get used to all the 65 pounds of gear we carry," said Josh Charles of the Bozeman Fire Department.
While it's challenging climbing with while wearing 65 pounds of gear, it's not the only challenge the firefighters face. Some say the worst part is the heat. While the gear is meant to keep fire off the body, it keeps the heat in.
On Thursday, Some Central Valley firefighters headed to the "M" to train.
The firefighters train on their own time and pay their own travel expenses to Seattle. Bozeman Fire Department has four firefighters competing, while Central Valley is sending five.