Despite another round of winter weather, local firefighter braved the elements to travel to Vancouver for a good cause.

On Sunday, Feb. 26, Four members of the Harrison Hot Springs Fire Department entered the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre annual for the annual Climb The Wall event to support the B.C. Lung Foundation and people living with asthma and other respiratory conditions.

Dressed in full bunker gear – which can weigh at least 50 pounds – the firefighters climbed all 48 storeys of the Sheraton Wall Centre.

Harrison firefighters raised $1,145 for the B.C. Lung Foundation; their contribution is part of a grand total of $136,356 raised this year. Donations handily surpassed the $125,000 goal.

Agassiz and Harrison firefighters are often represented at Climb the Wall; hundreds of firefighters and civilian climbers congregate in Vancouver every year to support the cause.

One in five British Columbians lives with lung or breathing conditions, including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (or COPD, sleep apnea, lung cancer, pulmonary fibrosis and cystic fibrosis.

To learn more about the B.C. Lung Association and how you can help, visit

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