St. Louis Firefighters Climb for Trophy, Raise Funds for a Personal Cause
(March 7, 2018) -
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On March 24, hundreds of St. Louis firefighters, police officers and other first responders will scale a local tower carrying 50 - 75 pounds of gear for the Firefighter Challenge at the Fight For Air Climb at the Metropolitan Square Building, announced today by the American Lung Association in Missouri.
For the Firefighter Challenge, teams of five or more firefighters will compete for the title of the fastest fire department along with top fundraising team. The teams are required to climb in full gear – helmet, mask, boots and air tank – which can add 50 – 75 pounds of weight as they scale the Metropolitan Square building, a total of 40 floors, 856 steps.
The Fight for Air Climb is a way for fire departments to stay in shape and bond as a team, but also to support a cause that hits close to home.
“On a daily basis, firefighters are exposed to smoke, gasses, chemicals, particle pollution and other pollutants that make them at much higher risk for lung disease,” said Brett Schuette, the executive director for the Lung Association in Missouri. “This challenge helps raise awareness for firefighters facing lung disease and gives us a chance to watch and applaud their strength and perseverance.”
This year’s Fight For Air Climb at Metropolitan Square Building is on March 24 at 8 a.m. Registration for the 2018 Fight For Air Climb is currently open online or by calling 314-627-1022.
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.