Okotoks firefighters will be among those participating in the 2024 Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge today.

It’s an annual event organized by the cancer support organization Wellspring Alberta, meant to shine a light on the risks undertaken by firefighters on a daily basis, including many that put them at a higher risk for cancer.

Each year, firefighters from several Alberta municipalities climb the stairs of Brookfield Place to raise money and awareness for Wellspring.

Ryan Kaiser, an Okotoks firefighter of 24 years, will be taking on his 10th stair climb.

He was highlighted on the Calgary Stairclimb website this year for his dedication to the cause. Kaiser said his climbs last year and this year were dedicated to an Okotoks girl living with cancer.

More information on the stair climb and Wellspring can be seen here.