Red Bluff firefighter braves Scott Firefighter Stairclimb for cancer

Red Bluff firefighter climbs for cancer, makes it to the top

In the spirit of fighting cancer, reserve firefighter Colton Ferguson is in Seattle representing the Red Bluff Fire Department in the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb.

"I feel very honored to represent Red Bluff Fire Department. The men and women who serve the City of Red Bluff are top notch and I'm just thankful to be part of such a great event at which I can represent my brothers and sisters," Ferguson stated as he was preparing for the climb Sunday afternoon.

This enormous climb is a competition in which firefighters, not only nationwide but from other countries, will take on 69 flights of stairs. An estimated 2,000 firefighters will master 1,356 steps in full turnout gear, including their air tank.

Ferguson, 23, first did the stair race in 2016 after his uncle, a battalion chief in Seattle, invited him to compete. He said the climb is something that triggers him emotionally.

"This climb is personal for me because I have family members who have served in the fire service who have lost their lives to job related cancer. This is a competition which is all fun and games, but ultimately we're here to bring awareness and raise money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to continue research and help those affected, beat cancer."

To prepare, Ferguson said he's recently hiked throughout the Pacific Crest Trail and ran the Redding marathon, "So pretty much running and hiking have been my training."

He told KRCR, "The worst thing I can do is pysch myself out." When asked if he was nervous, he responded, "I'll be nervous when they call my name to climb."

So far Ferguson, along with the Red Bluff Fire Dept., has raised $1,005 towards the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for cancer research.

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