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Local firefighters gear up for charity stair climb

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SELAH, Wash. -- Local firefighters are gearing up for Sunday's annual stair climb event in Seattle.

Dozens of firefighters from all over the world will be participating in the challenge, including firefighters from the Yakima Valley.

The event raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

KNDO caught up with fire lieutenant Joey Wallberg with the Selah Fire Department during one of his training exercises at the Selah Intermediate School. He says he uses the steps at the middle school to prepare for the stair climb.

The firefighters will be climbing up 69 flights of stairs in the Columbia Center. It is the second tallest building west of the Mississippi, with more than 13,000 steps.

This will be Lt. Wallberg's second year to compete in Seattle.

"It's just a humbling experience to, you know, that what you're doing is for a reason," Wallberg explained. "Not just to do it because I want to stay in shape or not to do it because it's a race, because I raise money for kids, and help these kids out and help these families out."

Last year, firefighters raised $930,000 for charity.

For more information on the annual stair climb, click here.