Three Missoula area firefighters beat all others to the top of Seattle's Columbia Tower on Sunday, sweeping the 22nd annual Scott Firefighter Stair Climb.

Missoula city firefighter Andrew Drobeck won the event, beating 1,550 other firefighters by reaching the top in 10 minutes, 48 seconds.

The event requires firefighters to dress in 50 pounds of "bunker gear," including helmet, fireproof coat and pants, boots, breathing apparatus and air tanks, then to climb 69 flights of stairs to the top of the Columbia Tower.

That's 788 feet of vertical elevation gain, and 1,311 steps.

Second place Sunday went to Kory Burgess, Missoula Rural Fire, with a time of 11 minutes, two seconds.

Missoula city firefighter Benjamin Brunsvold took third place, with a time of 11 minutes, 44 seconds.

The event benefits the Washington/Alaska Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Race organizers expected to collect $1.2 million from Sunday's effort.

Drobeck is the record-holder in the event. In 2012, he climbed Seattle's tallest building, bottom to top, in 10 minutes, 38.2 seconds.

Drobeck and Burgess are 31. Brunsvold is 27.

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Great win. Training, conditioning and most of all will to win. That will to win makes you good firemen; BUT, remember to go home safe after your shift. That is your responsibility and duty as well.


now only if I had a 10 story building...

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Very impressive!!! Congratualtions to all three men you make Missoula and the state of Montana very proud!!!!!!!!!

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