Templeton Fire Stairclimb Team
Climbing For a Cure
The Templeton Fire Stairclimb Team consists of members from the department that participate in the annual Firefighter Stairclimb in Seattle, Washington, at the Columbia Center. This team climbs alongside 2,000 other firefighters from all over the world and fundraise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) throughout the year. Participants in the event climb 69 floors, 788 feet in vertical elevation, and 1,356 steps in full structural firefighting gear and wear a Self-contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) to reach the Sky View Observatory, at the top of the Columbia Center. In total, firefighters are carrying close to 75 pounds of extra weight wearing their gear and complete this physically exhausting event. As each floor is climbed, participants remember why they climb: to honor those they've lost to blood cancers and move toward finding a cure for those who are battling this terrible disease.
For more information about the event, visit the Templeton Firefighter's department page for the LLS Firefighter Stairclimb.
We are actively searching for members of the community that are currently batting a blood cancer or recently beat a blood cancer. If you know someone battling a blood cancer, contact the station and ask for Captain Brandon Wall.
Valentine's Day Flower Fundraiser
"Firefighters & Flowers For a Cure"
During the week of Valentine's Day, members from the stairclimb team sell flowers and donate the profits to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in an effort to fight blood cancers. We set up a booth in front of the Templeton American Legion Hall located on 805 S. Main St. Flowers sell out quickly, so make sure you stop by on the first few days of the event!
LLS Stairclimb Ambassadors
One current member and one former member of Templeton Fire & Emergency Services are currently Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Firefighter Stairclimb Ambassadors in the California Region. Ambassadors provide support and advice for all participants, fundraise, and are in direct contact with LLS staff for the event.
Fire Captain / Training Officer Brandon Wall covers the Southern California Region and has climbed for eight years. Following the passing of his uncle to cancer in 2014, he accepted the challenge and made the trek north from California to pay homage to his uncle’s battle. Upon arriving on the 73rd floor for the first time that year, he quickly discovered this was not to be a one-time endeavor. Bringing back stories of a significant challenge, new friends, and a great cause, he returned in 2015 with 6 other fellow climbers from among the Templeton Fire Department. By 2017, the team increased to over a dozen. As a firefighter this is his way of helping find a cure for cancer. Captain Wall climbs for those who can't.
Firefighter Daniel Kono covers the Northern California Region and has climbed for three years. After the passing of his Uncle Jim Martin (Deputy Fire Chief of Fremont Fire Department) to job-related cancer in 2015, he was inspired to pursue a career in the fire service witnessing the comradery between fellow firefighters, first responders, and their families. He climbed two years with CAL FIRE San Luis Obispo County Fire Department's Stairclimb Team until he was hired on with Templeton Fire & Emergency Services in 2019. Similar to Captain Wall's experience, after his first year of climbing, he realized this incredible event was the best way to honor blood cancer patients and raise as much money as possible for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Firefighter Kono is now a member of the San Jose Fire Department LLS Stairclimb Team.