Firefighters from over 234 brigades across the country set another new fundraising record for the Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge on May 28 2016 raising just over $1,161,000 for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand.
The current record holder for speed is Josh Harrison from Mount Wellington Station who has kept his first place spot for six years running reaching the top of the tower in 8 minutes and 48 seconds. The fastest woman up the tower was Tracey Lemon from Waihi Beach Volunteer Fire Brigade with a time of 13 minutes and 57 seconds.
2016 Race Results
Donned – Male overall
- Errol Murray – Leigh Volunteer Fire Brigade 11:47
- Lewis Shaw – Lake Okareka Voluntary Rural Fire Force 11:56
- Matthew Cullimore – Otago Rural Fire Authority 12:58
Donned – Female overall
- Naomi Whyte – Waikuku Beach Voluntary Rural Fire Force 17:09
- Carmel Simmonds – Leigh Volunteer Fire Brigade 18:32
- Kat Wise – Palmerston North Volunteer Fire Brigade 19:26
Donned and Started (in full firefighter gear breathing through a breathing apparatus) – Male overall
- Josh Harrison – Mount Wellington Station 08:46
- William Garrnett – Auckland Airport Fire Rescue 09:35
- Nick Graham – Otahuhu Station 09:43
Donned and Started (in full firefighter gear breathing through a breathing apparatus) – Female overall
- Tracey Lemon – Waihi Beach Volunteer Fire Brigade 13:57
- Jess Neho – Auckland Airport Fire Rescue 14:05
- Simone Mackie – Airport Fire Rescue Christchurch 14:57
Firefighter of Steel
- Robert Foote – Metropolitan Fire Brigade Melbourne 12:50
- Nathan Spitzer – Ngaruawahia Volunteer Fire Brigade 13:04
- Jason Bopp – Wanaka Volunteer Fire Brigade 13:12
2016 Fundraising Awards
With so many wonderful fundraising initiatives taking place around the country the spot for the top individual fundraiser within a team was highly contested and went to Simon Oliver from the Taranaki Stair Climb team who raised $14,671.20.
Peter Lauryssens and Craig Smith from Lyttelton Volunteer Fire Brigade took second equal raising $11,512 each and 17 year-old Matthew Cullimore from Otago Rural Fire Authority raised $8,312.70 to take out the third spot.
The top individual fundraiser not in a team went to first-time entrant Daniel Coley from the Bunnythorpe Volunteer Fire Brigade who raised $5343.70.
Team fundraising awards:
Class 1: 2 – 5 Team Members
- Oamaru Volunteer Fire Brigade $24,136.72
- Waitahuna Volunteer Fire Brigade $16,044.40
- Frankton Volunteer Fire Brigade $14,176.30
Class 2: 6 – 9 Team Members
- Lyttelton $32,703.80
- Halcombe $31,736.16
- Kerikeri $30,558.80
Class 3: 10+ Team Members
- Auckland Airport Fire Rescue $64,280.82
- Glenbrook Industrial Brigade $26,389.24
- Napier Station $26,038.74