Jasper Stenstrom can climb stairs faster than just about anyone.
And like other firefighters, he does it in full gear: helmet, air tank, mask and turnouts — all for charity.
Stenstrom, with Graham Fire and Rescue, came in second place Saturday in the Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb. Melbourne, Australia, that is.
Along with about 649 other firefighters, Stenstrom climbed 28 floors of the Crown Metropol Melbourne hotel.
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It took him only three minutes, 40 seconds.
“The Australia climb raises money for mental health and (post traumatic stress disorder) which is a growing issue amongst firefighters worldwide,” Stenstrom said.
Stenstrom’s next stop: Auckland, New Zealand for the Firefighter Memorial Climb on Sept. 11.
Stenstrom, 27, said his trip was made possible by many supporters. And it’s allowing him to return international favors.
“The Aussies and Kiwis have assembled a group of firefighters that come participate in our stairclimb in Seattle every March,” he said.
Stenstrom will raise just over $4,000 by the time he’s finished with his trip.
As the only American at the event, Stenstrom read off the names of all 343 firefighters who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Many of those perished while climbing stairs at the World Trade Center.