A group of Castlegar firefighters will be climbing more than 1,100 stairs to help raise funds for Muscular Dystrophy Canada.
The Castlegar Fire Department is participating in the 24th MD Canada High Rise Challenge on Oct. 28.
This year the team — Jason Twizell, Laura Monsen, Nate Heddle and Nick Ahlefeld — will be climbing the stairs at the Recovery Building located at Mercer Celgar.
The building has 387 stairs and the team will need to climb them a little over three times. They will be wearing full turnout gear including oxygen tanks, adding about 50 extra pounds per person.
In 2020 CFD members did the Cobra Climb stairs and raised almost $1300.
This year, the team had hoped to almost double that amount and raise $2500 — but as of press time, they had already far surpassed their goal — reaching over $4700.
The best way to donate is through the High Rise Challenge webpage by going to the Castlegar Fire Department’s team page.