MONTCLAIR, NJ – Members of the Montclair Fire Department recently took first place in the annual Fight for Air fundraising competition at 1 Gateway Center, Newark.

Competitors had to run up 28 flights of stairs in full turnout gear with air tanks on their backs – a firefighter’s gear can weigh anywhere between 60-80 pounds. The winner of the competition is the team with the lowest combined time.

Fight for Air benefits the American Lung Association.

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Pictured from L-R:

F/F Steve LoVecchio, F/F JaQuan Scott, Capt. Joe Burke, F/F Pete Albanese, F/F Anthony Virgil, F/F Chris Herrmann, F/F Kevin Palek, F/F Ibin Raheem, F/F Thomas Hargraves