Stepping up to the challenge

Six Spokane County District 3 firefighters prepare to climb the 1,311 steps of Seattle’s Columbia Center Tower to battle cancer


John McCallum

Spokane County Fire District 3 firefighter Thom Long mounts the steps in Spokane’s Bank of America building in practice for Sunday’s Scott Firefigther Stair Climb in Seattle.

It’s a challenge.

Ask any of the over 1,500 firefighters signed up for Seattle’s 22nd annual Scott Firefighter Stair Climb Sunday March 10 why they’re willing to don their protective gear and ascend 788 feet virtually straight up the Columbia Center Tower – the second tallest building west of the Mississippi River – and that’s the answer you’ll likely get.

But probably all of them, including the six members of Spokane County Fire District 3 signed up to take part in this year’s climb, will say it’s not only about the challenge to self. It’s also about becoming one with t...

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