"Fight for Air Climbs are the American Lung Association’s most unique fundraisers," writes Firefighter Kevin Tuthill. "Climbs take place in prominent skyscrapers, stadiums or arenas and involve walking, running or racing up hundreds of steps. Sometimes called a "vertical road race", teams and individual participants can use the event as a fitness target, as a race, or as a great way to be active and meet new friends.
"We climb along with all of the other contestants but all of the firefighters in this event climb wearing full turnout gear and an air pack weighing over 50 pounds in total. We participate in this great event to raise awareness for Lung Cancer and all diseases that leave people fighting for air on a daily basis. Firefighters frequently work in hazardous environments and are more susceptible to lung related issues so this cause is near and dear to us."
Narragansett firefighters, in their 5th year participating, came in 4th overall in the team competition placing behind Fall River, Providence, and Stamford on Feb. 22 at the Providence Omni.
The Narragansett team also had one member (Ben Lonngren) who placed 2nd overall in the FF category and 1st in his age-group climbing the Omni Providence hotel to the top in a mere 2 minutes and 12 seconds. Chief Partington placed 3rd in his age-group for the event with a time of 2 minutes and 42 seconds.
Congratulations to all of the Narragansett Fire Department competitors:
Chief Scott Partington
Lt. Pat Walsh
FF. Ben Lonngren
FF. Ray Dormer
FF. Dan Hultzman
FF. Jake Longolucco
Full results and times can be found at coolrunning.com