In its second time participating in the event, the team from Auburn Fire & Rescue Department earned an impressive second place at the 7th Annual Boston “Fight for Air” stair climb and fundraiser to benefit the America Lung Association.
The event, held on Saturday, Feb. 4 in Boston, attracted more than 1,500 entrants, including teams from 39 New England fire departments. The eight-member Auburn team, named “Maine’s Bravest,” came in second place in the firefighter team division by climbing 41 stories of stairs at One Boston Place in 42 minutes and 23 seconds.
They did this in their full firefighting gear, which weighed approximately 55 pounds.
“We’ve been preparing for this fundraising climb for months in an effort to beat last year’s success,” said Dan Masselli, the team’s captain. “Last year we placed sixth out of 22 teams. This year we are proud to have raised more money and trained harder to climb faster. We are proud to have come in second in only our second time in the event and to be able to raise money for a cause we believe in.”
Auburn Firefighter’s “Maine’s Bravest” raised over $3,400 to benefit the American Lung Association and are planning to train and compete in next year’s event.
Along with Rogue Wear, Firesafe Equipment, Falcon Performance Footwear, Central Maine Orthopedic, Downeast Streetrods and Auburn Firefighters Local 797, the team was financially sponsored by Poland Spring Water Company, which also served as the event’s official bottled water sponsor.