Thirteen firefighters from Oamaru, Weston and Waimate felt the burn on Saturday as they made their way up the tallest building in the southern hemisphere as part of the Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge.
Teams from the local volunteer fire brigades climbed the 328m Sky Tower’s 51 flights of stairs, made up of 1103 steps, as part of the fundraiser for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand.
Representing the Oamaru brigade was the team of Ben Bringans, who completed the challenge in 15min 11sec, Sarrath Milmine (15min 22sec), Peter Mason (15min 36sec), Tane Rogers (16min 30sec), Shane Murphy (18min 20sec), Hayden Hastie (21min 51sec) and Mark Bradford (24min 10sec). David Sutherland did not start.
For Weston, Josh Lee (13min 11sec), Bernie Miller (14min 29sec), Nick Parsons (16min 35sec) and Kylie Stenton (18min 28sec) all made it to the top.
Waimate was represented by Mark Joyce (13min 44sec) and Andrew McKenzie (19min 32sec).
All the firefighters completed the challenge in the donned and started category, wearing full firefighting gear and using breathing apparatus, except Mr Bradford, who lined up in the donned-only firefighter of steel category.
Mr Bringans said all the firefighters involved had an “absolutely brilliant” experience and were pleased with the times they posted.
“All the guys were actually quite happy with the times and we all made it to the top, which was a bonus.”
He said the event was a physical and mental challenge, and admitted feeling the heat near the end.
“For me, it was probably the last four or five flights things started to go to jelly a wee bit.”