The Event

The 8th Annual Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb, due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19, will be a virtual event.

For the second year running we will be open to the whole community – no longer just restricted to Firefighters and Emergency Service Personnel.

We invite you, your friends and family to join us as we climb a “MILLION STEPS FOR MENTAL HEALTH”.

The underlying crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic is undeniably mental health and climbing stairs is symbolic of the struggle many people face.

So please join us to “step up to fight Depression, PTSI and Suicide” by climbing the stairs at the park, the back steps at home or even a milk crate in the lounge room.

The Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb is an annual charity event that sees Firefighters (career and volunteer) and other Emergency Service Personnel come from all over Australasia and the world to compete and fundraise.

The event simulates the actions of a firefighter entering a burning high rise building, wearing full structural firefighting protective clothing, and wearing Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA). Dräger SCBA will be supplied to every competitor in the event. Other Emergency Service Agencies represented include the Police, State Emergency Service, Forest Fire Management and Ambulance, all of which climb in the personal protective clothing and equipment relevant to their agency.

In the “Donned & Started” category competitors race with their breathing apparatus (SCBA)“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 700 firefighters and Emergency Service Personnel that participate annually start at street level and climb to a finishing line on the 28th floor of the Crown Metropol Hotel.

After the event an Awards Presentation Ceremony is held that afternoon at Munich Brauhaus, 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.

The event is operated by the 000 Foundation, a newly formed charity that is a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) registered with the Australian Charities and Not For Profits Commission (ACNC). The 000 Foundation was founded by members of the Emergency Service sector and will provide tax deductible receipts.

The event is sponsored by Crown Resorts, Drager, Scania, Tait Communications, Holmatro, Gallagher Bassett and the Firefighters Credit Co-op.

This year, we are aiming to raise $500,000 for Lifeline, Black Dog Institute and the 000 Foundation to improve support services, fund research, remove stigmas and raise awareness of Mental health issues like depression, Post Traumatic Stress Injury and Suicide, especially for those within the Emergency Service and Defence communities.

Since the inaugural year in 2014, the event has raised almost $2,327,660 for the Alfred Hospital Burns Unit, the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Lifeline, the Black Dog Institute and the Emergency Services Foundation.