Firefighters from the Oamaru and Weston volunteer fire brigades completed the Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge in Auckland on Saturday.
The event is a fundraiser for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand.
Nine firefighters represented the Oamaru brigade, while four suited up for Weston to tackle the Auckland landmark’s 51 flights of stairs, made up of 1103 individual steps.
Firefighters had the option of taking part in three categories – donned, donned and started, and firefighter of steel – across open, master, grand master or supreme master classes.
Donned and started involved wearing and using a full breathing apparatus, while donned meant the apparatus was worn but not used.
The firefighter of steel category was the same as donned and started but with a heavier tank.
Ben Bringans, who competed in the donned and started open section, completed the challenge in a time of 15min 17sec.
He said it was an enjoyable experience that came with a tough mental challenge.
“It was pretty enjoyable, funnily enough. It’s kind of hard to explain, but when you get to the top, there’s that sense of accomplishment there. There’s no other feeling like it.”
He said the Oamaru brigade was “definitely” keen to enter again next year.
For Oamaru, Peter Mason finished in a time of 14min 36sec, Sarrath Milmine in 15min 31sec, Shane Murphy in 16min 31sec, Tane Rogers in 17min 37sec, Mark Bradford in 17min 52sec and Dave Sutherland in 22min 22sec.
All competed in the donned and started category, while Matthew Cullimore, in the donned category, completed the climb in 13min 13sec to place fourth in that category.
Ryan Mason was the only firefighter from Waitaki in the firefighter or steel category, finishing fourth with a time of 12min 57sec.
For Weston, Bernie Miller clocked 13min 52sec, Joshua Lee 14min 17sec, Nick Parsons 18min 38sec and Kylie Stenton 18min 14sec.
All competed in the donned and started category.
The Oamaru brigade raised a total of $40,464, winning the grade two fundraising trophy for teams of six to nine members. Mr Bringans described his team’s fundraising efforts as “extremely impressive”.
Weston raised $5725.