Members from fire brigades across Ballarat put their endurance skills to the test on Saturday, taking part in the Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb.
Climbing 28 flights of stairs at the Crown Metropol hotel in Melbourne, 28 firefighters from the Ballarat area joined over 600 others from around the state to take part in the charity stair climb.
The 660 participants raced up the flights with 25 kilograms of structural firefighting gear on for a good cause, raising money for the Emergency Services Foundation, Lifeline, and the Black Dog Institute.
This year's stair climb set the ambitious target of raising $700,000 for the three charities, but are only three-quarters of the way there.
As of this morning, the cause has raised over $492,000 for charity, but are calling for locals to dig deep to help them inch closer to their goal.
Patrick Cashin from the Buninyong and Mount Helen fire brigades says they're hoping they can round the figure up to over half a million dollars with further donations.
"So far we've raised over $490,000 in about six weeks, and we're trying to get to at least $545,000, if not $700,000," he said.
The fundraising efforts are from across most states around the country, with firefighters even coming from New Zealand and the United States to take part.
The focus on mental health foundations for this year's climb is a subject that hits close to home for emergency service workers, with an estimated 10 per cent of workers experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Injuries (PTSI).
To donate to a local firefighter who took part in the event, fire brigade, or the cause as a whole, visit firefighterclimb.org.au.