If you are interested in participating, visit our events page
to find an event in your area.
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation has created a detailed IAP to assist coordinators with planning a 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb
. Specific components of this model will need to be modified in accordance with the individual local and venue, but the basic steps of planning are:
- Secure a venue in your city: Ideally, this is a high-rise building with an enclosed stairway, service elevator, and loading dock or covered area for staging.
- Market the events: Inform fire service organizations in your region about participating in the 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb, and contact local businesses for sponsorship support.
- Register participants: The NFFF will set up registration and reporting for your event after you've submitted your event information.
- Stage the event: Order t-shirts and procure sufficient water for participants; ensure that logistical needs are in place; and coordinate set-up on 9-10.
- Run the event: On September 11, coordinate Command Staff and volunteers to carry out a safe, successful, and meaningful 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb.
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) provides staff support for coordinators at all stages of event planning. The NFFF also coordinates online registration for 9-11 Memorial Stair Climbs, and provides extensive marketing assistance through their website and media contacts. In addition, the NFFF provides liability cover for these events.
The registration fees and donations received from the 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb
events are designated to honor the fallen firefighters that died on September 11, 2001. This includes providing assistance to the surviving family members and co-workers of the 343 firefighters who were killed on 9-11.
Stair Climbs also reinforce the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives
of the Everyone Goes Home®
program by promoting physical fitness and firefighter training. The Incident Command System in place during the event enables firefighters, officers, and command staff to practice skills needed during high-rise incident operations.