sffd_firefighters.jpgFirefighters in full gear will be huffing and puffing up all 48 floors of San Francisco’s iconic Transamerica Pyramid for a good cause on Saturday.

The first annual Firefighter Stair Climb will benefit the Bothin Burn Center at St. Francis Memorial Hospital, the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation and the San Francisco Firefighters’ Toy Program.

More than 300 participants from Bay Area fire departments and beyond, including the San Francisco Fire Department, will join the race up San Francisco’s tallest building.

“We’ll be there in full gear and ready to take on all 48 floors of stairs to show our support for three organizations that work together in treatment and recovery of major burn victims,” said San Francisco Fire Department spokeswoman Lt. Mindy Talmadge.

According to Talmadge, participants will be equipped with jackets, boots, helmet and a breathing pack.

“It usually adds about 50 pounds,” she said.

San Francisco’s event is the latest in a series of yearly firefighter stair-climb charity events throughout the country. The first took place about 20 years ago in Seattle.

Saturday’s climb begins at 10 a.m.

For more information or to contribute, visit www.5thalarmevents.com.

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