Local Firefighters Head To Seattle for the Worlds Largest Firefighter Stairclimb

Firefighters all over the world are in Seattle this weekend to compete in the annual Firefighter Stairclimb to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Richland Firefighter Chris Denney said this is his sixth year compeating in the climb.

Firefighters race to the top of the Columbia Center building in Seattle.

It takes 69 flights of stairs and over 1,300 steps to reach the top.

Firefighters make the climb wearing their full turnout gear that weighs about 55 lbs.

Denney said he has been training about four months.

He said what keeps him coming back year after year is the fundraising him and his fellow firefighter do before the climb.

"When we are doing our fundraisers occasionally you get  somebody that's had leukemia or lymphoma come up and say hey thanks for what you're doing. You can truly see that it means a lot to them that we're out on our days off trying to raise money for a good cause," said Denney.

This year the Richland fire team has raised over $30,000.

Denney said they have raised the fourth most amount of money out of all of the teams compeating.

Denney's shooting to complete the race in 20 minutes and says the winners can usually do it under 12.

This is the biggest fireifghter climb in the world.

This year there are over 1,800 firefighters signed up.

They are hoping to raise over two million dollars for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.