A Scania employee and volunteer firefighter with the Doreen brigade, District 14, took part in the Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb (MFSC) on September 7th. Scott Hadler, Scania’s senior national technical product support representative, was one of 600 firefighters who ran up 28 floors’ worth of stairs at the Crown Metropol Hotel in Melbourne, all while carrying turnout gear weighing 25 kilograms and a breathing apparatus. Scania has been a longtime supporter of the event, which raises money for depression, PTSI (post-traumatic stress injury), and suicide awareness.
The goal for MFSC this year is to raise $700,000 to donate to the Emergency Services Foundation, Lifeline, and Black Dog Institute to “improve support services, fund research, remove stigmas, and raise awareness for mental health issues,” Scania explains. The entrants in this year’s stair climb have raised over $400,000 up to this point.
Even Better Next Year
Hadler completed the challenging climb in 11 minutes and 11 seconds, but he believes it can get through it even faster next year. “The climb went past in a blur. I stopped a couple of times to catch my breath and stretch my legs out as my thighs were burning,” he says. “I remember someone shouting: ‘come on Hadler, only 14 steps to go,’ as I neared the top. The worst part was three floors in, I was thinking to myself ‘what have I done?’ It was quite hard coping with the climb in the breathing apparatus. Next year I’ll be back, though, as I aim to beat the 10-minute mark,” he says.
A Rewarding Experience
Hadler has been a volunteer with the Doreen fire brigade for two years, and of the 230 callouts the group sees each year, he goes out on an average of 120 of them. “I do it for the community, but it is also exciting and rewarding, we are all like a family,” he says. “I did train for the event; going to gym and kick-boxing as well as having practice runs up the stairs in my turnout gear.”