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Missoula Fire Department

The State of Montana reported its second highest single day uptick in COVID-19 cases on Jun. 30. This comes after a new record count was set earlier this week.

Missoula Firefighter Andy Drobeck in one of Aber Hall's stairwells getting ready to do an hour-long workout of stair running.
Rosie Costain / MTPR

Every year firefighters from across the country compete to see who, while wearing their firefighting gear, can climb the stairs to the top of the tallest building in Seattle the fastest. And every year for the last seven, Missoula’s city fire department has won.

It’s all a part of a competition to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Edward O'Brien

An 11-story building sounds fairly tall, right? It feels even taller when you're on top of one looking down.

Missoula firefighters spent a few hours using the University of Montana's 11-story Aber Hall dormitory this week for their monthly training exercise.
MFD Captain Chad Kidd says the crew used the estimated 110-foot dorm to practice  "High Angle Rescue Techniques":