Three volunteer firefighters from Australia’s Mooroopna Fire Brigade are training for a firefighter stair climb in Melbourne that will raise money to combat firefighter mental health problems like depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide.
Five hundred firefighters are expected to participate.
The money raised will go to firefighter charity fund Black Dog Institute and Lifeline. Organizers hope the event raises $500,000, Shepparton News reports.
Climbers will make the 28-story ascent wearing full turnout gear, about 55 pounds of added weight.
‘‘Obviously, being volunteers we’re always trying to find some way of giving back to the community,’’ one of the trio in training Warren Cartwright told Shepparton News. ‘‘The causes they’re raising money for this year are close to home; we deal with it every day.’’