Today, the American Lung Association launched its 2023 Fight For Air Climb Firefighter Calendar, which honors first responders from across the United States, including Karl Kozlowski - an Amherst New York resident and member of the Main Transit Fire Department. Koslowski and the Main Transit team are featured for the month of February for their participation in the Fight For Air Climb Buffalo.
Every year, thousands of firefighters race up hundreds of stairs in full firefighter gear weighing over 40 pounds during American Lung Association Fight For Air Climbs in more than 40 cities nationwide. Kozlowski was chosen as one of the American Lung Association’s top Fight For Air Climb firefighters nationwide.
“Congrats to Karl and the entire Main Transit Fire Department team for being honored in the 2023 Fight For Air Climb Firefighter Calendar! They are not only out there saving lives every day, but they also train and fundraise for events like the Fight For Air Climb in their free time,” said Kaelyn Gates, Senior Director of Development for the Lung Association in Western New York. “We would like to invite other firefighters and first responders in Buffalo and the surrounding area to join our Fight For Air Climb to help support our vision of a world free of lung disease.”
"The Fight For Air Climb is one of our favorite events of the year," said Karl Kozlowski, Senior Captain, Main-Transit Fire Department. "Not only is it a wonderful opportunity to raise funds for the important cause of lung health that is deeply important to our local community, but it is a meaningful day that allows us to pay tribute to so many of our brother and sister first responders who are facing lung disease. We are already training for the 2023 Climb, and we are ready to challenge any local firefighters who haven’t joined this event yet to sign up, start training, and meet us on the stairs!"
The mission of the American Lung Association hits close to home with firefighters. Respiratory diseases remain a significant health issue for firefighters and emergency responders. Firefighters are at a higher risk to develop chronic issues, including lingering cough, hoarseness, asthma, and allergies and in more extreme cases, may be diagnosed with lung or bronchial cancer.
The 2023 calendar also includes fire safety tips, statistics on how fires affect our lung health and tips for your Fight For Air Climb. All proceeds will support the American Lung Association’s mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research.
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, which has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and is a Platinum-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.