Picton firefighters complete 1504 stair climb

It was a hard, gruelling challenge but climbing all 1504 stairs was worth it.

Five members of the Picton Fire and Rescue station climbed Sydney Tower Eye to raise money for Motor Nuerone Disease research.

The team has raised $8000.

Station captain Bill Morris said it was a long day on Saturday, October 14.

“We had to wait around for some of the day but once we got into it, we climbed all the stairs,” he said.

“It was very hard but we got through it. Although I did get jelly legs.

“It was a good feeling once we got to the top.”

Mr Morris said the climb was extra important because he knew three families who had been affected by the disease.

“Each floor is dedicated to someone who died from motor nuerone disease,” he said. “It displayed their picture and story.

“I stopped to read some of the stories.

“It was especially emotional when I stopped on the floor that was dedicated to my friend.

“It drove home the reason why we did the climb.”

Mr Morris said his legs especially started to burn at floor 70.

“I knew I had 28 more floors to go and that was the hardest push,” he said

“My back started to hurt because I was wearing the full structural firefighting ensemble and air sets which weighed 20 kilograms.

“The climb was hard and long but it was still worth it. I enjoyed the challenge.”

Mr Morris said one of his team members completed the climb in 18 minutes which was impressive considering the fastest time was about 10 minutes.

“We all finished between 18 to 30 minutes,” he said. “I finished last but I was not too focused on the time.

“I wanted to read some of the tributes and I was happy with my time for my age.

“We have all made a commitment and set ourselves the challenge of beating out times next year.”

Motor Neurone Disease is the name given to a group of diseases in which the nerve cells controlling the muscles that enable people to move, speak, breathe and swallow undergo degeneration and die. A person’s senses and intellect are not affected.

It is a progressive, terminal neurological disease. There is no known treatment or cure. It can strike indiscriminately, at any time with no proven explanation.

Donations can still be made to the fundraising page: firiesclimb.gofundraise.com.au/page/FRNSWPicton421