National Fallen Firefighters Foundation 9-11 Stair Climb Mission Statement:
We climb to ensure that the fallen firefighters of September 11 are never forgotten; We complete their journey through dedication, training, and physical fitness.
Last year with the support of Fire Engineering,150 FDIC attendees joined us on Friday afternoon to climb the equivalent of 110 stories on the stairs of Lucas Oil Stadium. In the months that followed and on 9/11/2011 the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb Campaign raised $200,000 through these events across the United States and the World. On December 12th 2011 that money was presented to the FDNY to support the department's counseling unit. At FDIC this year we hope to fill the registration with 343 climbers so that all of the fallen firefighters from 9/11 are represented on the stairs. The climb will begin at 1300 hours on Friday April 20th. Registration is now open for the climb or you can visit www.9-11stairclimb.com for more information
Please do your part to give back when you attend FDIC and participate in the Courage and Valor Run or the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. I will do my best to check this discussion and answer any questions about the climb. If you attended last year or have participated in other climbs across the country please share your experience so we can ensure the tribute continues to grow.
What is a 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb?
On the morning of September 11th fire service members convene in high-rise buildings across the United States to climb 110 stories as a tribute to their fallen brothers. Some use air pack or carry hoses; many are in full turn-out gear; others are accompanied by rescue dogs. Each climber carries the photograph and biographical sketch of a firefighter who was lost on September 11, 2001.
Several climbs have been modified to enable civilians to participate, and are generally held in outdoor venues. For both types of event, the 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb is not a race, but an opportunity to honor and remember the 343 FDNY members who selflessly gave their lives so that others might live.
History of the 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb
The first stair climb held to support the mission of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation was held on September 11, 2005. when five Colorado firefighters convened at a high-rise building in downtown Denver to climb 110 flights of stairs in memory of their FDNY brothers who were killed in the terrorist attacks of 9-11. The following year, tweleve firefighters participated, representing four fire departments from the metro Denver area. Each subsequent years, attendance grew, until it was capped at 343 participants in 2008.
Since its beginning, the Denver 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb has evolved into a much anticipated annual events, and generated interest from individuals across the country who hoped to adapt the format and host an event in their cities. In 2010, the original Denver team partnered with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to create a template that would enable coordinator to successfully replicate a 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb anywhere in the United States.
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