A stumble and quick recovery sums up the determination being taken by a group of firefighters as they train for an important event.
Firefighters from Fire and Rescue NSW 477 Ulladulla are climbing the Sydney Tower Eye to raise funds for motor neurone disease (MND) research on Saturday, November 9.
One of their favoured training venues is the stairs at the Ulladulla Sea Pool.
As they trained recently one team member stumbled but bounced up quickly and kept on running.
Anyone who has tackled these stairs will tell you that they are steep and tough to climb, even in normal clothes.
These guys are taking on the stairs in full-kit.
The team, at the November 9 event, will be led up the 1504 steps, while wearing more than 20 kilograms of firefighting gear by station captain Paul Collins.
Alongside him will be first-timers Anthony Walsh and Shannon Bartley as well as two-climb veteran Aaron Owers and Nathan Garrett, who climbed last year.
The team is confident, have been training hard and some have lost some weight in the process.
"We are determined to finish and we will do it," Anthony Walsh said.
He added the team would support each other during this gruelling event.
While raising money and awareness by completing the gruelling climb for MND research the firefighters are running for Mollymook woman Jo Woodward and husband Max.
Jo suffers from the condition which affects her speech, swallowing and breathing.
Team organiser Joe Reid said Mrs and Mr Woodward were wonderful people.
Joe said the fundraising part of the event, which includes an online auction, had been going well.
People can also go to the Ulladulla Station or the Hilltop Golf Club on Monday to buy tickets.
Mrs and Mr Woodward have been selling loads of tickets.
"We are up to about $6000 and we have a golf day coming up on Monday, October 28 at Hilltop and what we could do with is some prizes and auction items," Joe said.
"Our goal was $10 000 which we thought was out of reach when we started but we have managed to get a fair bit of fundraising momentum going.
"We think with the golf day we will comfortably get there - fingers crossed."
Call Barry West at the Hilltop golf course on 4455 2055 to donate raffle/auction items for the golf day.
To donate to Ulladulla's Finest visit: https://fundraise.firiesclimbformnd.org.au/page/UlladullasFinest0.
Joe said the team members were fired up - excuse the pun.
"It (the event) has been great for station morale and given us a focus," he said.
"Having Jo on board has given us a face to the disease and she is a positive and inspiring person.
"She is a really beautiful lady and she has not lost hope."
Joe said the team was determined to raise as much money as it could for the inspirational Mrs Woodward and for MND research.