On Sunday, Apr. 29 four members of the Drumheller Fire Department competed in Calgary in a climbing challenge for a good cause.

Merv Smith, Zaynah Chomas, Ken Vereschagin and Duane Bolin took to climbing one of Calgary's buildings, The BOW, for the 3rd annual Firefighter Stair Climb Challenge.

The BOW is 775 vertical feet or 1204 steps high.

"We practise all through the year. When we go to do this, it's not too bad," said Drumheller Fire Department member, Merv Smith. "People that don't get a chance to do stairs, it really hits you hard when you're trying to get up all those floors."

Smith also said that the Fire Department is always taking part in physical training to make these types of events easier on their bodies.

Zaynah Chomas and Ken Vereschagin participated for the first time this year and ended up raising $1,550 in support of Wellspring Calgary.

"We did pretty good. Zaynah and Ken, that was their first time they ran it," Smith continued. "Zaynah got 26 minutes and 55 seconds. Ken got 21 minutes and 51 seconds."

The more seasoned firefighters really set a high bar for the new kids, according to Smith.

"Myself, I got 17(minutes) 38(seconds)," he said. "And Duane, 19:47."

The grand total raised by the Drumheller Fire Department was $3,550. All the proceeds go towards Wellspring Calgary that helps those effected by cancer with programs and resources.

 

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