FOUR Moama firefighters will race up 28 floors in full uniform in an effort to help fight depression, PTSD and suicide.
Moama Fire and Rescue NSW members Andrew Heriot, Nick Dobell, Cam Wallace and Jack Ogilvie have a month left to prepare before climbing the Crown Metropol Hotel as part of the Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb.
It will be a first for all of them.
Wearing 25kg of turnout gear and breathing apparatus, the men will join 500 fellow firefighters in the September 2 event, which aims to raise $500,000 for Lifeline and the Black Dog Institute to improve support services, fund research, remove stigmas and raise awareness of mental health issues.
‘‘Mental health is a big issue and affects so many people, so we want to raise awareness and money for a great cause,’’ Mr Heriot said.
The foursome has been training for several weeks, climbing the stairs at Moama Wharf and Victoria Park, as well as riding and cycling.
And going on their progress so far, Mr Heriot expected the climb to take between 15 and 20 minutes.
‘‘There might be a bit of healthy competition going on,’’ he laughed.
Each of the men hope to raise $1000 each.
To donate, visit https://www.firefighterclimb.org.au/donations/donate/fr-nsw/moama/