Local fire departments host Spokane Firefighter Stairclimb

  • Source: KHQ-TV NBC 6
  • Published: 03/08/2020 08:41 PM

The 2020 Firefighter Stairclimb in Seattle has been postponed because of the coronavirus, but some firefighters from around the Inland Northwest made the event happen in their own way on Sunday. Spokane Fire Department firefighter Joanna Balin's team started training for the Seattle Firefighter Stairclimb back in September. It's been a tradition for almost 30 years and is a massive fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society Teams from around the world were ready to climb, and then the coronavirus changed those plans. "Having 2,000 firefighters from around the world, we're all first responders in a confined space," Balin said. "It was a smart decision on their part to play it safe." The event was officially postponed on Tuesday, then Balin had an idea. She got the blessing of the Spokane Fire Department, the Department of Health and the Bank of America Building to hold a Spokane Firefighter Stairclimb.


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