Firefighters Climb Tower for Trophy, Raise Funds for a Personal Cause
Anthem Firefighter Challenge draws hundreds of firefighters for 11th anniversary Fight For Air Climb at U.S. Bank Center
(February 21, 2019) - BROOKFIELD, Wisc.
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On March 9, hundreds of Wisconsin Firefighters, police officers and other first responders from as far away as La Crosse County will scale the tallest tower in the state carrying 50 - 75 of gear for the 11th annual Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield Firefighter Challenge.
The Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield Firefighter Challenge will take place on March 9 during the Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb at U.S. Bank Center in downtown Milwaukee. For the 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 tackle the 47 floors and 1,034 steps of the U.S. Bank Center building.
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.
“It’s really quite something to see these first responders compete in full gear, it makes you realize the passion and drive in the heart of every first responder,” said Paul Nobile, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. “The Firefighter Challenge is a special tradition here in Milwaukee and we’re incredibly proud to be a part of it.”
To date, firefighters from 41 fire departments across Wisconsin have registered for the Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield Firefighter Challenge.
Here are some facts about the Firefighter Challenge:
- Sheboygan Fire Department won the challenge in 2017 and 2018.
- In 2018, the fastest firefighter was Ryan Kunde of the Fitchburg Fire Department, with a time of 7:27.
- West Allis Fire Department has won the Challenge six out of the last 10 years.
- Eagle Fire Department’s team captain Chuck Roberts was the #1 top fundraising individual firefighter in 2018, singlehandedly raising $6,776.
- Eagle Fire Department was the #1 firefighter fundraising team in 2018 raising $7,566.
Firefighter/First Responder Teams registered as of February 21, 2019:
Mitchell Int’l Airport
MKE Jr. Fire
WI Capitol Police
City of Burlington
Town of Burlington
Town of Salem
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La Crosse County
Town of Campbell
The 2018 Flight For Air Climb set a new record, raising $740,000, the highest in the nation. This year’s goal is $750,000. Registration for the 2018 Fight For Air Climb is currently open online or by calling 262-703-4200. Registration fee is $25; an additional $100 fundraising minimum is required to participate.
About the American Lung Association in Wisconsin
The American Lung Association in Wisconsin 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.
About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation
Through charitable grant making, the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation LLC, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, promotes Anthem’s inherent commitment to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield serves. The Foundation focuses its funding on strategic initiatives that address and provide innovative solutions to health care challenges, as well as promoting the Healthy Generations Program, a multi-generational initiative that targets specific disease states and medical conditions. These include: prenatal care in the first trimester, low birth weight babies, cardiac morbidity rates, long term activities that decrease obesity and increase physical activity, diabetes prevalence in adult populations, adult pneumococcal and influenza vaccinations and smoking cessation. The Foundation also coordinates the company’s Associate Giving program which provides a 50 percent match of associates’ campaign pledges, as well as its Volunteer Time Off and Dollars for Doers community service programs. ®ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
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 coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.
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