Local firefighters take stair climb challenge

The Firefighter Stair Climb Challenge takes place in Calgary in early May

The Firefighter Stair Climb Challenge takes place in Calgary in early May

A team of four firefighters from Warman is taking part in a unique fundraiser aimed at supporting people with cancer.
Kelvin Ooms, Bryce McGillis, Ken Goebel and Ken McSheffery are teaming up to represent Warman Fire Rescue and the City of Warman in the Firefighter Stair Climb Challenge on May 1. The event is slated to take place at the 58-storey Bow Tower in Calgary, and involves teams of firefighters climbing the stairs to the top of the building while wearing full bunker gear including coats, helmets, boots and breathing apparatus.
The oxygen tanks are there to add weight only; the firefighters are not allowed to use the oxygen.
This is the second year for the event, hosted by the Calgary Firefighters Benevolent Society, which provides assistance to families in need. Cancer is a prevalent occupational hazard of the firefighter’s job, and the event raises funds for Wellspring Calgary, which provides cancer supportive care to firefighters and citizens living with cancer.
Ooms said the Warman team is taking part in the event to honour the late Bill Braun.
“It’s fitting that there’s a connection in that Bill’s grandson is a firefighter in Calgary,” said Ooms.
Donations on behalf of the Warman Firefighters team can be made online by logging onto the Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge website at www.calgarystairclimb.com .
Donations can also be made by phone to Wellspring Calgary by phoning 403-521-5292 .