9th Annual Lethbridge Firefighters
9-11 MEMORIAL STAIR CLIMB
Where: The Lethbridge Center Tower
(The downtown Bay mall by the TD bank)
When: Sunday, September 29, 2019
The idea of this stair climb is to retrace the ascent (and descent) of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center – this equals 10 “laps” of The Lethbridge Center Tower.
Members can approach this task in anyway they prefer; gym strip, turn-outs, team, timed, etc. but please take your own level of fitness and comfort into account.
We make this climb in order to honour those we lost in the line of duty and to ensure that we never forget them. Participants are encouraged to ask for sponsors in the form of pledges in order to raise money for the Legacy Place Society, which is a provincial mental health organization providing support for Peace Officers, Fire Fighters, Emergency Medical Services, 911 Dispatch, Military Personnel, and their families. You are not obligated to get pledges to participate in this event but if you can convince friends and family to support your climb through any sort of donation it would be much appreciated. There is a pledge form provided below.
The Stairclimb is a physically demanding activity in that the goal is always to achieve a climb (and descent) of 110 stories. This distance is the equivalent distance of the height of the World Trade Center as it stood before the attacks of 9-11. It is believed that many rescuers would have made a similar climb that day and unfortunately many never returned home. We make this climb in order to honour those we lost in the line of duty and to ensure that we never forget them. Participants are encouraged to ask for sponsors in the form of pledges in order to raise money for the Legacy Place Society, which is a provincial charity to support first responders and military and the families in the prevention and support for PTSD.
How you choose to approach this task is up to each individual and your personal level of fitness should be taken into account. A few suggestions:
a) Ensure you do a warm up routine prior to the climb
b) Arrive well hydrated and rested. There will be water supplied but if you have a different favorite refreshment or energy bar please bring your own
c) Work as a team to encourage and support one another
d) Stay single file to the right side to allow faster climbers to pass. Follow the designated route – 1 stairwell is up, 1 is down – heats will be created
e) Take breaks as required off the stairs or route and HYDRATE!
f) Wearing good running shoes is highly recommended even for those choosing to use turnouts
g) We would encourage you to use your own equipment where possible as loaner equipment and sizes are limited. First come first served. We do not have access to tactical gear so anyone deciding to do it in this manner will have to bring their own.
h) It takes anywhere from 30-120min to perform the climb depending on the method you choose. Some more common methods:
a. Regular gym strip or workout clothing
b. Firefighter Turnouts
c. SCBA. With or without turnouts
d. Highrise Firefighting equipment.
e. Police or military tactical gear