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Junction City firefighters train to climb 1,356 steps in less than 16 minutes

Three Junction City firefighters are training for the annual Scott Firefighter Stair Climb this weekend. It's a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. (SBG)

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. -- Three Junction City firefighters are training for the annual Scott Firefighter Stair Climb this weekend.

It's a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Firefighters from around the world climb straight up the Columbia Center in downtown Seattle, a total of 69 flights of stairs or 1,356 steps.

To make things even harder, they do it in full firefighting gear, including the oxygen mask.

Fire Captain Jason Renken has been training since December.

"I'm a little bit nervous about it, honestly; that's why I'm maybe over-preparing. I don't know if that's possible or not," he said.

The climb is on Sunday.

The Junction City team is still accepting donations.

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