MISSOULA, Mont. -

Missoula Firefighters are giving residents something to be proud of, not to mention a good reason to feel safe.

Last weekend a team from the Missoula City Fire Department took the top prize in the world's largest individual firefighting competition.

1,550 firefighters in full combat gear raced up more than 1,300 steps in Seattle's Columbia center to compete for the fastest time. A three man team from Missoula won the team competition with a time of 37 minutes and 43 seconds, and Missoula firefighter Andy Drobeck set a new world record for the individual competition with a time of 10 minutes and 39 seconds.

"Even though it's the record, nothing that I did was magical,? said Drobeck. "I honestly think that that record will be broken. I would say within the next two years, we'll see. There's potential to go under 10 minutes in that course."

The Missoula City Fire Department also raised $4,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by competing.