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Narromine firefighters stare down challenge for MND research

Lynden Davis and Tony Coen from Narromine Fire and Rescue have stared down the challenge climbing more than 1500 stairs to help tackle a devastating disease.

The retained firefighters from station 401 joined hundreds of firefighters from across Australia for the 2019 Firefighters Climb for Motor Neurone Disease (MND) last Saturday.

The duo climbed the Sydney Tower Eye in their full structural firefighting gear, while wearing a breathing apparatus, adding an extra 20 kilograms onto his weight.

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Mr Davis reached the top in 16 minutes and 10 seconds, coming in 53rd out of 600, and placing 12th in his class.

Mr Coen also tackled the 98 storeys in 24 minutes and 10 seconds.

Despite a target of $1000 the team at station 401 raised $9076, which has left Narromine Fire and Rescue station commander, Captain Ewen Jones speechless.

"I am one very proud captain," he said.

"We can't thank our supporters enough.

"It's incredible considering it's during the worst drought in history. "

MND is a progressive, terminal neurological disease which affects the nerve cells controlling the muscles that enable us to move, speak, breathe and swallow, causing them the degenerate and die.

Each dollar raised for the cause will go to Macquarie University, which has Australia's largest MND research facility.

The crew at Narromine helped fundraising efforts by hosting a Bunnings barbecue, auction and trivia night, and barbeque at the Mungery races. They were also supported by a number of local donations.