LLS Firefighter Stairclimb Event in Full Motion

Published Sunday, March 13, 2022

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON (USA) – Over 2,000 firefighters across Washington State, nationwide, and around the Globe are “battling” the stairs up the 73-floor Columbia Tower in downtown Seattle today. This is all in the name of raising money to help The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society non-profit which specializes in blood cancer research and provides support and educational services to patients and their families.

Your Donations At Work

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LLS is a non-profit organization based in the northwest and has worked directly with northwest firefighters those fundraising efforts by Firefighters, have reached over $20,000,000 since the inception of the event in 1991.

All donated funds are tax-deductible. Check with your Finance Advisor for details on how you can claim these on your taxes.

Raising Funds for Blood Cancers

This fundraising event is a highlight in any firefighter’s life, when they jump at the first opportunity to do two specialized operations, one, helping raise funds for the LLS organization which is known as the largest health organization specializing in finding cures, funding cancer research, helping provide compassion, support, and education which is a lifeline for many.

Top 20+ Fundraisers – Teams

Since the inception of the LLS Firefighter Stairclimb in 1991, firefighters have raised a whopping $22,000,000! Firefighters are doing it again by raising millions more.

  • $68,162 – Boise FD (ID)
  • $54,556 – Everett FD (WA)
  • $39,756 – Moscow Volunteer FD (ID)
  • $39,733 – Seattle FD (WA)
  • $34,166 – Longview FD (WA)
  • $33,828 – Okanogan County Fire District 6 (WA)
  • $29,154 – Tacoma FD (WA)
  • $28,896 – Gig Harbor Fire and Medic One (WA)
  • $27,924 – Tukwila FD
  • $26,269 – Cody Volunteer FD (NY)
  • $25,726 – Murrieta Fire & Rescue (CA)
  • $25,716 – Skagit County Fire District 6 (WA)
  • $25,014 – Portland Fire (OR)
  • $23,842 – Bellevue FD (WA)
  • $23,000 – Sisters Fire (OR)
  • $22,931 – Douglas County Fire District 2 (WA)
  • $21,312 – Nampa Fire (ID)
  • $20,724 – Renton Regional Fire Authority (WA)
  • $19,875 – Keizer Fire District (OR)
  • $19,583 – Billings FD (MT)

Top 10 Individual Fundraisers

  • $30,574 – Mike Mann
  • $25,716 – Jerry Bawyn
  • $19,063 – Joe Paterniti
  • $17,843 – Richarde Brown
  • $16,904 – HR Coe
  • $15,276 – Tiago Pacheco
  • $13,805 – Andrew Stang
  • $13,132 – Amber Butler
  • $10,025 – Steve Nixon
  • $ 9,700 – Jay Hagen

Firefighters Gear Up

Firefighters must “gear up” by wearing their full structural turnout gear while on air up 69 floors of stairs, approximately 1,356 steps at 788-feet of vertical elevation in the downtown corridor of Seattle’s Columbia Center. This is the second tallest building west of the Mississippi and the tallest in Seattle.

Firefighters will race up the stairs to the iconic Sky View Observatory which overlooks the beautiful Seattle skyline that only those can dream about. They know this will be a grueling course but they know this is a symbolic moment for those who are blood cancer patients will endure much more along their journey. This is one way they can give back to help those impacted by this terrible disease in hopes of finding a cure and conquering cancer.

The Columbia Center event is located at 700 – 4th Avenue in Seattle, Washington. Only friends and family are allowed in if you are on the Volunteer Support Team or listed as a Staff Member.

Thank you, everyone, for your tireless efforts, dedication, community volunteerism, and most importantly, for representing and raising funds for an amazing organization and for those with blood cancers and their families. – Ed.

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WA Firefighters Fundraise to Fight Blood Cancers

Published Friday, March 11, 2022

This post is dedicated to Seattle Firefighter Matt Runte, who passed away unexpectedly this year and is remembered because of his participation in this event (among others). When we met Matt, we were in the Seattle Fire Buff Society. Matt reminds us how fun but important this fundraiser is for all participating Firefighters and how they are making an impact in the blood cancer world aiding the non-profit organization, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).

Thank you, Matt, for your inspiration in remembering your super energized personality, tireless efforts, and bringing light to everyone.

This dedication to you is because of your big personality and being so excited during this Stairclimb. This memory will be forever etched upon my mind and soul and how awesome you were in making a difference in everything that you did, just like your brothers and sisters do today and will forever do. – Ed.

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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON (USA) – American Firefighters will join together from the northwest, west coast, midwest, east coast, and around the globe in helping stomp out blood cancers through fundraising through this year’s 31st Year Annual LLS (Leukemia and Lymphoma Society) Firefighter Stairclimb event, which will be held this Sunday, March 13, 2022.

Your Donations Save Lives

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LLS is a non-profit organization based in the northwest and has worked directly with northwest firefighters those fundraising efforts by Firefighters, have reached over $20,000,000 since the inception of the event in 1991.

All donated funds are tax-deductible. Check with your Finance Advisor for details on how you can claim these on your taxes.

Raising Funds for Blood Cancers

The fundraising campaign is a highlight in any firefighter’s life, when they jump at the opportunity to do two specialized operations, one, helping raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (NW Chapter), the largest known health organization specializing in finding cures, funding cancer research, helping provide compassion, support, and education which is a lifeline for many.

Since the inception of the LLS Firefighter Stairclimb, firefighters have raised over $20,000,000! All funds are tax-deductible. After not being able to officially “climb” in the last two years due to COVID, this year’s event has over 1,500 firefighters signed up for this big event.

Since 1949, LLS has invested almost $1,300,000,000 in leading-edge research and with the involvement of today’s forward-looking new ideas and methods, bringing to light compassion, hopefulness, education, and support. Currently, as of March 9th, firefighters and their teams have raised 82% of their $2,000,000 goal with a total raised amount of $1,641,340. There is still time to donate to your favorite Fire Department team. Go to the main site: https://www.llswa.org and type in your choice of Fire Department name or go to your favorite FD by visiting them on their Facebook page. Many have the LLS website fundraiser page embedded on their social media channels.

These are important attributes for a caring environment and are well-appreciated for those impacted.

Firefighters Gear Up

Firefighters wearing approximately sixty pounds of extra weight (wearing helmet, turnout gear, air bottle, etc.) will “climb” up 69 flights to the top floor, approximately 1,356 steps and with an elevation of 788-feet will feel a difference as they ascend through the different levels.

A Grueling Course

This “climb” will be an extremely energy-draining course they will endure, but firefighters everywhere have expressed this is much easier to do than for a patient who has blood cancer. The average “climber” will take just thirty minutes to reach the Sky View Observatory on the 73rd floor.

Firefighters will “train for this stair climb through various extreme rigorous programs they have instilled among themselves and through some of their fundraising campaigns at various venues. This will definitely be no easy feat but they will be ready for the “climb” when they arrive at the event in a few short days.

Along the course, there will be time for those who need to take a “breather” and volunteers staffing water stops at six locations throughout the stairwell. EMTs will also be staffing the water stops and Medics will be at the Bottle Change area and on the top floor which is the same as the finish line. Firefighters will be provided with lots of water and a perfect 360* view from the top of the Columbia Tower, overlooking beautiful and spectacular moments of accomplishment. Participants will take elevators back down to the lower levels, where firefighters will be rehabbed with healthy (recovery) snacks and rehydration. They will rejoin their fire department teams.

To find out your team’s or individual firefighter competitor’s ending results, visit the LLS site at https://www.llswa.org/site/TR?sid=1160&pg=informational&fr_id=1711 for details.

The Columbia Center is located at 700 – 4th Avenue, Seattle, Washington.

Please Help Them Raise Money for Research

“We all remember that every step forward is representative of moving closer to a cure. Please consider making a donation to not only help us achieve our personal fundraising goal but to benefit patients and their families everywhere.” – Stairclimb Firefighters

Fundraising Will Help Others

All funds raised are used to fund research around the world to provide free education and support services. They are truly the compassionate representative for all blood cancer patients who are longing for excellent, reasonably priced, and unmatched care. Unable to donate to this event? Visit the LLS website at https://www.lls.org/pacnw for more great work these amazing heroes do on the front lines and behind the scenes.

Current Status Updates

Updates from various teams on how to donate via their link, team information, stats, and events as they prep themselves for this “race of a lifetime” will be added over the course of the before, during, and after the event.

Due to space limitations, no friends and family are allowed unless participating as volunteers.

Photos in this post are from previous events we visited and covered.– Ed.

Fire Departments in today’s post are just a few of the many participating in this event.

Washington Fire Departments | Airway Heights FD, Anacortes FD, Bellevue FD, Benton County Fire District 4, Boeing Fire, Bothell FD, Bremerton FD, Buckley FD, Burien / North Highline Fire, Burlington FD, Central Kitsap Fire, Central Mason Fire, Central Pierce FR, Chehalis FD, Chelan Co FD1, Chelan FR, Columbus FR, Darrington Fire, Douglas County FD2, Douglas Okanogan FD15, Duvall Fire / KCFD 45, East Pierce Fire, Eastside FR, Enumclaw FD.


Credit: BFD

TWENTY firefighters will “race” to the top of the Columbia Tower on Sunday, March 13, 2022, during the 31st Annual LLS Firefighter Stairclimb event. Amazing work by these female and male firefighters who raised a whopping $17,744! Nice work y’all!

BOEING (IAFF Local I-66)– THIRTEEN Boeing Firefighters will be representing their 104-year old union in the name of raising funds for blood cancer research and helping save lives as they have successfully done all of these years. These amazing firefighters who have raised $13,450 of their $50,000 minimum fundraising goal will continue to accept additional donations. Visit them on their social media channels to see how you can donate and support this important cause. Team Captain: Marnie Fox.

Washington Fire Departments | Everett FD, GCFD3, Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One, Graham Fire, Granite Falls Fire, JBLM, Kennewick FD, King County FD20 (Skyway), Kirkland FD, Kittitas County FD7, Lacey FD3, Leavenworth FD, Lewis County FD6, Longview FED, Lopez FD, Maryville Fire District, Mason Co FD11, Mason Co FD4, Mercer Island FD, North County RFA, North Kitsap FR, North Mason RFA, North Olympic Firefighters.


Credit: Bothell FD


SIX members will participate in the Stairclimb. They have currently reached their $5,000.00 minimum goal but are pushing harder to reach their second goal of $10,000.

Next Training/Fundraising Event: Bonney Lake Fred Meyers, Friday, 3/11/2022, 10am – 2pm.

Credit: EPFF IAFF3520

Washington Fire Departments | Northshore FD, Okanogan Co FD6, Olympia FD, Orcas Island FR, Paine Field FD, Pasco FD, Pierce Co FD13, Port Ludlow FR, Port of Seattle FD, Poulsbo FD, Puget Sound RFA, Pullman FD, Redmond FD, Renton RFA, Richland FD, Seattle FD, Sedro Woolley FD, Shoreline FD, Skagit Co FD8, Snohomish Co FD5, Snohomish RFA, South County Fire, SKFR, South Whatcom RFA.


15 members will participate in this year’s event. These firefighters have an amazing “climbing” stair climb event history of a whopping 15 years! As of date, they have raised $26,373, which they are considered to be one of several of the top 10 highest fundraisers. Money raised will be used for blood cancer research and helping many impacted by this disease. What an amazing accomplishment!

Washington Fire Departments | South Whidbey Fire / EMS, Spokane CO FD3,4,9, Spokane FD, Spokane Valley FD, Stevens Co FD1, Sunnyside FD, Tacoma FD, Tukwila FD, Tulalip Bay FD, Valley RFA, Vashon Island FR, Walla Wall FD4, West Pierce FR, Woodinville FR, Yakima Co FD5, Yakima Fire Local 469.


Alaska | Chugiak FD, Houston FD, Valdez FD.

BC | Burnaby FD, Edmonton FR.

California | Anaheim FR, Apple Valley FPD, Big Bear FD, CAL FIRE – Riverside, SLO County, Chico FD, Corona FD, Costa Mesa FR, Estacada FD69, Fremont FD, LA County FD, Laguna Beach FD, Merced City FD, Modesto FD, Murrieta FR, Riverside FD, Salinas FD, San Bernardino County FD, San Jose FD, Santa Clara County FD, Palm Beach Gardens FR, Riverside FD, Riverside RFA, Sacramento FD, Salinas FD, San Mateo FD, Santa Monica FD.

France Fire

Hawaii | Honolulu FD.

Idaho | Boise FD, Caldwell FD, CDA FD, Kuna FD, Moscow Volunteer FD, Lewiston FD, Meridian FD, Nampa FD, Pocatello FD.

Minnesota | Tracy Fire.

Montana | Billings FD, East Helena VFD, Gore Hill FR, Helena FD, Hyalite FD, Missoula City FD, Missoula Rural Fire District, West Helena Valley VFD.

Nevada | Carson City FD, Reno FD, Las Vegas FR,

Ohio | Dayton FR.

Oregon | Baker City FD, Bend FD, Canby FDistrict, Coos Bay FD, Cornelius FD, Crook County FR, Crooked River Ranch FR, Eagle FD, Eugene Springfield FD, Forest Grove FR, Grants Pass FR, Hillsboro FD, Jackson County FD5, Junction City FR, Keizer FD, Klamath Co FD4, La Pine Rural FPD, Lane Fire Authority, McMinnville FD, Medford FR, Portland Fire, Molalla FD, Newport FD, Salem FD, Scappoose RFD, Sisters FD, Sunriver FD, Tualatin Valley RF / Local 1660, Umatilla Co FD1, Woodburn FD.

Pennsylvania | Harrisburg FD.

Tennessee | Memphis Fire.

Utah | Salt Lake City FD.

Virginia | Fairfax County FRD.


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Heard From The Fireground | Fire News

Published Sunday, 1/30/2022, 2000 hours PT

Did You Know?

The IAFF represents more than 326,000 career firefighters and paramedics across the United States and throughout Canada. – IAFF


Burnaby: The Canadian Policy Conference will be held on 2/6-2/8/2022. Details here: https://www.iaff.org/event/canadian-policy-conference-2/


Los Angeles County FD: Dive team members (Lifeguard division) with the Underwater Rescue and Recovery Unit conducted a dive training drill this weekend on Baywatch Cabrillo off of Rancho Palos Verdes.

Credit | LA CountyFD


Seminole County FD: Doreen Overstreet, the agency’s Public Safety Info and Education Officer is recognized as one of the best in Florida during their Annual Awards Ceremony on the night of Saturday, 1/29/2022.

May be an image of 2 people and people standing
Credit: SCFD

Brevard County Fire Rescue: Lt. Larry Tillman retires from the fire agency after 27 years of service and from his last assignment at Station 21/A shift.

May be an image of 2 people and people standing
Credit: BCFR


Selkirk Fire Rescue: Looking to hire a Wildland Firefighter. Send resume’ to Selkirk Fire Rescue and EMS. Attn: Wildland program, 1123 Lake Street, Sandpoint, ID 83864. Must be postmarked by 2/21/2022. Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Selkirkfirerescueems


Perry Fire Rescue: The Local 5360 has joined the ranks and is now officially one of the IAFF’s newest affiliates. “They will be great assets to the 8th District and the state of Michigan. It’s great to have them as part of the IAFF family.” – IAFF.

FDNY: On 1/28, it was a sea of blue in the streets of New York City, along with FDNY members shoulder-to-shoulder with the men and women of the NYPD to mourn the loss of Police Officer Jason Rivera, along with his partner, Wilmber Mora was killed in the Line-of-duty last week.

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Credit | FDNY


El Paso Fire: EPFD, PD, and the TX State Parks jointly worked together today during a SAR mission at Smugglers Pass trail for an injured hiker. Additional mutual aid responded in the form of the Air and Marine Operations’ Blackhawks helicopter.

Credit: El Paso Fire PIO


Bellingham Fire: COVID tests are available on Monday from 0900-1600 (9-4). Parking in front of the blue “bay” doors is a no-no. Available at Bellingham Fire Station 1, on Broadway, is at-home COVID-19 test kits. While supplies last, 2 boxes (4 tests) are available per family. Please limit one person at a time during the pickup. If the sign is up out front, we still have tests to distribute.

Credit: BFD

Bothell Fire: FF Brad McCollum earned his Engine Drive Operator cert. This is after long hours and days of learning pump operations, safe driving techniques, tiller and aerial apparatus operations and water supply.

May be an image of 1 person and standing
Credit | BFD

Hoquiam Fire: Firefighters are asking voters to approve the creation of the Regional Fire Authority for Grays Harbor County firefighters which include Aberdeen Firefighters and Hoquiam Firefighters.

North Kitsap Fire & Rescue: Virtual CPR and AED training. Wednesday, 2/9/2022 at 1830 PT (6:30pm). Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/927236654847006?ref=newsfeed

Wenatchee: The Washington State Fire Fighter’s Association is hosting the 99th Annual Conference and Fire School on 4/20-22/2022. Registration opened 11/2021. Details here: https://www.wsffa.org/annual-fire-school/?fbclid=IwAR35zqWmiQa0DNsXO4BAFMopyLWMcTJ9r1_nBREnfGrZNzPOAaznPucQbbs

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UPDATE 1 | AUGUST 16, 2020


A wildfire has ignited in the Tetonia Community (Teton), Idaho on Sunday, August 16, 2020.  The fire incident name is IA1.

Resources were dispatched at 1248 MDT.

Assets and personnel include D3821 E3411 3421 3431 623 641 and 661.

2 acres with an unknown containment status reported.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/16/2020 1355 PT

Day 11 | The Best of the NW Fire Blog in Fire Images | 365 Photo Challenge


We took a long road trip in September of 2019, stopping and photographing some points-of-interests along the way.  

Fire Fact | 159 USFS wildland firefighters and DOI fire personnel have been deployed to assist with the  Australian bushfires intermittently throughout December 2019 and January 2020.

Though we were on the outside looking in, it was pretty hectic as firefighters responded to the Center ready for deployment and coordination of resources.

Fire Fact | There is a current resource request from Australia for additional U.S. fire mutual aid, which is being coordinated through the NIFC.

It was great to see this is a large organization with multiple facets of fire-related activities at this Center, covering very large areas of real estate.


The National Interagency Fire Center located at the Boise Airport in Idaho and is compromised of 55 acres.  It has areas for firefighting equipment, aircraft ramp operations, aircraft retardant tanker operations and administrative functions supporting the mission of wildland fire and other emergencies.

Their main focus is wildland firefighting but they also support other emergency responses, such as flooding, hurricanes, earthquakes, volcano eruptions, riots and terrorist attacks.

Located at the NIFC are the Great Basin Cache and Returns Warehouse, National Interagency Coordination Center (NICC), Radio cache, Remoted automated weather stations, Smokejumpers and tours.

They have a great website that provides a lot of fire situation reports, national news and other fire-related information, which can be found at https://www.nifc.gov/

Hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 0800 – 1630 hours MST.  There are tours that you can take that usually are available by reservation only.  This is generally during the week and are available by calling for a reservation. The one-to-two hour tour is usually available outside of fire peak season which is during the months of June through September.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Posted 1/10/2020 @ 2305 hours PST

The Wildfire Log | Idaho | August 18, 2019

Here is the SitRep for Wildfire activity on Sunday, August 18, 2019 for the State of Idaho.

14 new wildfires started in the last 24 hours in the Great Basin area which include States ID, NV and UT. – NIFC


New Wildfire(s)

Hell Roaring Creek, Custer | 0% containment

Crews were sent out on a smoke check at 1218 hours MDT.  Shortly after, a wildfire was reported to their Dispatch and additional resources were deployed through the South Central Idaho Interagency Dispatch Center at 1232 hours MDT to the Hell Roaring Creek area in Custer. Due to this being the newest fire, there is limited information showing up in CAD.


Cove Creek Fire | 27 miles NW of Salmon | 4,444 acres | 65% containment

The Cove Creek Fire is burning in the Salmon – Challis National Forest owned by the US Forest Service in Idaho.  Fire fuels include timber and tall grass.  Fire behavior is said to be minimal with creeping, backing and with wind-driven runs.

There are 38 total personnel along with one crew, two engines and one helicopter on the front lines.

Cost-to-date expenses have reached an all time high of $4 Million Dollars.

Nethker Fire | 30 miles NE of McCall | 2,354 acres | 91% containment

The Nethker Fire is currently burning in the Payette National Forest and managed/owned by the US National Forest.  Command has been transferred back to the local unit from the GB Team 3, an IMT Type 2 team.

Fire behavior has been reported as moderate with smoldering, creeping and isolated torching.  Fire fuels include timber and closed timber litter.

There are approximately 559 total personnel still assigned to this fire, along with 15 crews, eight engines and five helicopters.

Cost-to-date is $10.2 Million Dollars.  All structures were saved by firefighters. No were reportedly damaged, injuries to firefighters or to civilians.

Quartz Fire | NW of Quartzburg | 1.3 acres

The Quartz Fire started on Saturday, August 17, 2019.  It is located about one mile northwest of Quartzburg and burning in elevations of 5,200 to 5,400 feet.  Fire resources and assets were dispatched through the Boise Interagency Dispatch Center at 1717 hours.  1.3 acres of grass, brush and ponderosa pine have been destroyed on BLM lands.   Estimated time to contain the fire is expected to be today sometime.


(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/18/2019 @ 1200 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | Shady Fire, a NW Wildfire | 1

Incident Summary | A wildfire sparked by lightning was reported on the evening of July 10th.  It is located about two miles east of Seafoam Guard Station in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Middle Fork Ranger District in Idaho.

This fire is also located on the Salmon-Challis National Forest lands.

Shady Fire July 12, 2019

Shady Fire photo taken on July 12, 2019. | Courtesy: Inciweb

Resources | There are currently 23 fire personnel assigned to this incident with the ICs are Currie and Trainee Donati.

Fire Behavior | At this time, the fire behavior is moderate with short uphill and short wind-driven runs.  Activity on the fire’s edge is also moderate.

Current Status | Firefighters are monitoring fire progression towards ID’d values at risk and will continue to ID further assets in the fire perimeter.

Social Media | We are using the hashtags #ShadyFire #IDwildfires2019     You can also find us on Twitter @nwfireblog for live fire coverage on local and national incidents.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog


The Wildfire Log | Gold Fire | ID | 1


UPDATE 1 – WED, 6/5/2019 – 2055 PDT

A wildfire has ignited in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest about 17 miles east of Metaline Falls, Washington and 81 miles NNE of Spokane, Washington.

The fire was discovered at 2058 MDT on Wednesday, June 5th.

Two acres may have been burned.

Limited information known at this time.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

Idaho Wildfire: #SommerFire

SOMMER CAMP, Idaho – Several wildfires started in the State of Idaho with this one being over the couple of hundreds of acre mark.

On June 5, 2018, Dispatchers with the Boise Interagency Dispatch Center dispatched BC10 E1411 E1412 and WT1931 around 1334 hours.

The fire is located about 2 miles southwest of 95 on Sommer Camp.

About 212 acres were consumed from an unknown cause.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2115 hours PDT

Idaho Wildfire: #BajaFire

BOISE INTERAGENCY DISPATCH CENTER, Idaho – A wildfire broke out on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, prompting a wildland fire response that included Engines 1434 and 1435 along with WT1933 to Baja Road on 1545 hours.

Resources are on-scene with limited details.

However, we do know that 208 acres of land have been destroyed.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2054 PDT