Wearing full gear and air tanks, Carpinteria-Summerland firefighters climbed 69 flights of stairs this past Saturday, June 13, in the 29th annual Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Firefighter Stairclimb. This year, instead of climbing Seattle’s Columbia Center where the event usually takes place, Covid-19 brought the fight—and flights—home where Rincon Fitness hosted participating  firefighters Johan Nillson and Kenan Marting on their stair climber machines to complete the challenge and raise money for LLS. 

Nillson and Marting joined thousands of firefighters across the country in a “virtual stair climb” that Rincon Fitness live streamed to help promote the event. Once the challenge got rolling, other Carpinteria-Summerland firefighters decided to join the challenge, gearing up and stepping onto the stair climbers to climb the simulated sky scraper. “It was great to be able to virtually compete with firefighters across the country as well as our fellow firefighters who joined in,” said Marting. “I think it says a lot about the fitness of our Carpinteria firefighters to be able to jump in and put up competitive times with climbing 69 stories in full turnout gear and breathing off an air tank. Most importantly though, we were able to be a small part of the almost $3 million dollars raised overall for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.” 

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