September 9th the Clayton Fire Department will host the first 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. They will climb 110 stories in the Pierre Laclede Building--a 24 story building--while carrying firefighting equipment.
Some climbers are expected to tackle the stairs in full gear. Each will carry a photo and bio of one of the 343 New York fire fighters who lost their lives in the collapase of the World Trade Center in September 11th, 2001.
Those New York emergency workers who gave their lives on 9/11 were attempting to reach victims by using the stair case of the 110 story tower.
The stair climb is both a memorial to fallen heros and fund raiser. Fire deparment officials also said the event is a way for emergency worker to prove their commitment to safety through fitness.
The event is open to the public. If you are in top physical condition, and over the age of 18, you may register for the event here.
Firefighters and EMS personnel are encouraged to wear full turnouts, SCBA and carry an additional piece of high-rise firefighting equipment.
Event check-in will be at the Clayton Fire Department on Sunday, September 9th, between 7a.m. and 8 a.m., located next door to the stair climb venue at 7733 Forsyth Boulevard.
Public parking is available at the Centene Parking Garage, directly across the street from the stair climb venue at 7733 Forsyth Boulevard.
Stair Climb History
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, twelve firefighters participated, representing four fire departments from the metro Denver area. Each subsequent year, attendance grew, until it was capped at 343 participants in 2008.