On February 23rd, 2008 The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation held the 27th annual fundraising event The climb for the cure
Firefighters from central Ohio came to downtown Columbus Ohio where they donned their full turnout gear including their S.C.B.A.’s (and on air) walked the stairs of the 40 stories in the Rhoades State Office Tower to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis.
Here’s something interesting. Since the event was held in our first in district we (Engine co #9) stopped by to cheer on some of our guy's and gal's from Columbus fire that were participating in the event.
I grabbed a bathroom scale before we left the station and snagged firefighter Thompson from Upper Arlington Fire while he was still in his street clothes getting ready to start his climb.
Firefighter Thompson of Upper Arlington Fire
He weighed in at a spry 174 lbs
Then we weighed him again with his full P.P.E. including his S.C.B.A.
He tipped the scale at a hefty 218 lbs
But the fun really started when we grabbed our high-rise pack off our engine. And for shits & giggles a Denver tool. Working in downtown Columbus surrounded by high-rises we have to carry that same high-rise pack almost daily.
Firefighter Thompson went from a lean, mean firefightin machine of 172 lbs
to a Fat Bastard of approximately 280 lbs!!!
BTW, firefighter Thompson did not have the usually junk and gadgets we all carry in our pockets or a even a radio. Now I know you could argue what tools a firefighter should carry or what kind and how much hose and which appliances are needed in a high-rise pack for it to be effective. But no matter what, that’s a lot of weight to carry up any amount stairs for any amount of time.
Oh yeah, they did not have to carry the high-rise pack for the event (thank God). Here’s a link you can cut & paste and put in your address bar from the Columbus dispatch for more info on the Climb for the Cure.
And a big thanks to firefighter Thompson and all the firefighters that participated. They make us all look good.