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Renton Firefighters Climb the Columbia Tower for Charity

March 8, 2008

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Kelly Williams, Fire & Emergency Services Department 425-430-7055
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director 425-430-6569

RENTON:  Fire Chief/Emergency Services Administrator, I. David Daniels of the Renton Fire & Emergency Services Department led a group of seven Renton Firefighters up the Columbia Tower during the annual Scott Firefighter Stair Climb for Leukemia on March 2, 2008. Over 1,300 firefighters from as far away as New Zealand completed the stair climb with times ranging from 11 minutes 37 seconds to one hour and 37 minutes, with 97 female firefighters among the finishers. All seven Renton firefighters completed the climb with one chief officer placing third in the 50 and over age group.
Renton placed 22 out of 156 teams in the team category. Battalion Chief Stan Engler, Firefighter Josh Brown and Firefighter Dan Alexander represented the department in the team category.
The Scott Firefighter Stair Climb was started in 1992 as an effort to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. A handful of firefighters demonstrated a high rise stair climb in full bunker gear and air packs. This event has grown to be the single largest firefighting competition in the world.
The Columbia Tower in Seattle is the second tallest building west of the Mississippi River. Firefighters climb 69 floors to the observation deck. It is 788 vertical feet and 1,311 steps to the top.
Last year, over 200 departments from around the world participated in the stair climb. Collectively they raised $365,000. 
The goal of Rentons Fire & Emergency Services team is to raise $25,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Donations may be made by visiting the website at or at For more information on the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb, please visit