(L to R) Nick Ahlefield, Jordan Thomas, Jason Twizell, Nathan Mitchel. Photo: Castlegar Fire Department

Castlegar Fire Department members raise $1300 for Muscular Dystrophy Canada

Members climbed the Cobra Climb Stairs in Castlegar as part of virtual fundraiser

Four Castlegar Fire Department members came together to raise almost $1300 for Muscular Dystrophy Canada (MDC) during a High Rise Challenge fundraiser last Friday.

Nick Ahlefeld, Jordan Croteau, Jason Twizell and Nathan Mitchel went up and down the Cobra Climb Stairs in Castlegar three times in all of their firefighting gear to raise money for the cause.

“In total, it took us about 30 minutes to complete the challenge,” said Ahlefeld.

“By putting on all of our gear, we were adding approximately 50 lbs of additional weight to our body. We really felt it in our legs and lungs.”

Crews climbed an impressive 564 steps — or around 33 stories — to complete the challenge.

A tree fell down on the stair’s roof in September and closed the popular recreation spot, but it reopened to the public just before the event occurred.

Several other West Kootenay fire departments — the Nelson Fire Department and Robson Fire Department — joined with CFD to form Team Kootenay Heat and complete similar challenges to raise a combined total of $4150 for the MDC.

“While we ended up a little bit shy of our total fundraising goal of $5,000, all in all I think we did really good,” said Ahlefeld.

“I was also pleased with how the event went given all of the uncertainties around COVID-19.”

People still have time to help the firefighters reach their $5,000 goal by donating in honour of the Kootenay Heat on MDC’s fundraising page.

Neuromuscular disorders are a group of diseases that weaken the body’s muscles.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

COVID-19. (Courtesy of CDC).
Interior Health reports 12 additional COVID-19 cases

The total number of cases in the region is now at 644

Photo: Submitted
LeRoi foundation donates to Kootenay Boundary COVID relief

The community foundation gave $19,370 for the cause

The house is located near two schools. Photo: Connor Trembley
Dog attack seriously injures young boy in Castlegar

Despite investigating the incident, city staff aren’t confirming if the dog has been put down

Former B.V. Nitehawk Craig Martin inked a deal with the Jacksonville Icemen of the ECHL earlier this week.  Photo: Jim Bailey.
Trail product, Craig Martin, re-signs with ECHL Jacksonville Icemen

Martin returns to the Icemen after collecting eight goals and 23 points during his rookie season

Telephone operators at the Trail exchange in the early 1900s. Photo: Trail Historical Society
Trail Blazers: Early communication began with 30 telephones

Trail Blazers is a weekly feature in partnership with the Trail Museum and Archives

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Actor Ryan Reynolds surprised a Shuswap family with a special birthday message to their son who was worried he’d be alone on his 9th birthday on Nov. 24. (Tiffanie Trudell/Facebook)
Ryan Reynolds text almost gives away Shuswap boy’s birthday surprise

Deadpool actor helps remind eight-year-old Canoe resident he’s not alone

Colin James put on a great show at the Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds as part of the 2019 Vancouver Island MusicFest. But his Okanagan tour for 2020 has been postponed until 2021. (Photo by Terry Farrell)
COVID-19 cancels Corb Lund’s Vernon, Penticton, Trail, Cranbrook concerts

The Contenders, Colin James and Lund postponed until 2021

Vancouver police reactivated the search for Jordan Naterer Thursday Oct. 22. Photo courtesy of VPD.
Mom of missing Manning Park hiker believes her son is waiting to come home

‘He’s going to come out of a helicopter and say ‘what took you so long?”

Environment Minister George Heyman, Premier John Horgan and Energy Minister Michelle Mungall announce that B.C. Hydro is proceeding with construction of the Site C dam, Dec. 11, 2017. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
Site C actions, costs won’t be known until after B.C. election, Horgan says

Peace River diverted for construction of reinforced dam base

One of the squirrels who ended up having their tails amputated after getting them stuck together with tree sap. (Facebook/Wild ARC)
Squirrels recovering from tail amputation after sap situation near Victoria

BC SPCA Wild ARC says squirrels will be released back into wild, fifth sibling was euthanized

Most Read