The 5th Annual Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb is a charity event run by the Firefighters Charity Fund Melbourne. It will see career and volunteer firefighters come from all over Australasia and the world to compete.
The event simulates the actions of a firefighter entering a burning high rise building, so is exclusively for firefighters in full structural firefighting protective clothing, and wearing Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA). Dräger SCBA will be supplied to every competitor in the event.
In the “Donned & Started” category competitors race “on air”. For those firefighters who don’t have a SCBA qualification, we offer the “Donned Only” Category – where they still compete in full structural firefighter gear and wearing the SCBA, but do not wear the mask.
The 600 firefighters competing will start at street level and climb to a finishing line on the 28th floor of the Crown Metropol Hotel. The post-race Awards Presentation Ceremony will be held that afternoon, where fundraising and athletic achievement will be acknowledged.
A team entry is automatically created once a minimum of three members from the same local brigade or station have entered the Donned & Started Category.
This year, the Firefighters Charity Fund aims to raise $700,000 to improve support services, fund research, remove stigmas and raise awareness of Mental health issues like depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Suicide, especially for those within the Emergency Service and Defense communities.
Since the inaugural year in 2014, the event has raised almost $1,300,000 for the Alfred Hospital Burns Unit, the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Lifeline and the Black Dog Institute.