Genoa Firefighters Climb For A Cure
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
If the average person would put on a firefighter’s turnout gear, complete with Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus, helmet and face mask he or she would find it difficult to take a dozen steps, let alone a dozen steps up stairs.
Of course, firefighters have to be in superior physical condition to do the jobs they do while wearing the gear they wear, so when firefighters hold a fundraising events it demands stamina that’s above average — way above.
On February 23, Genoa Township Fire Department firefighters participated in the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Central Ohio Chapter, Battle of the Badges — Climb For A Cure at the Rhodes Office Tower in downtown Columbus. Climb For A Cure is a 40-floor stair climb at the Rhodes Tower done in full turn out gear while breathing air from an SCBA.
“We had our highest participation this year, a total of 19 Genoa Township firefighters took part in the stair climb,” said Genoa Fire Chief Gary Honeycutt. “We believe that we had the highest participation of any department at the event.”
Honeycutt said the Genoa Township Fire Department had four 4-person teams at Climb For A Cure, one 2-person team, and one solo climber that combined raised $1,100.
Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States, 70,000 worldwide. Since 1955, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has been the driving force behind the pursuit of a cure.
For additional information about Cystic Fibrosis, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation go to < cff.org >.
For additional information about the Genoa Township Fire Department go < genoatwp.com > and click Fire.