Baltimore City and Anne Arundel County Fire Departments Featured in First American Lung Association Fight For Air Climb Firefighter Calendar

Nicholas Green and Rebecca Bilheimer selected as two of the firefighter supporters nationwide to be highlighted

In March, firefighters from Baltimore City and Anne Arundel County Fire Departments raced up hundreds of stairs in full gear weighing over 45 pounds during the American Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb Baltimore, and this year Nicholas Green of the Baltimore City Fire Department and Rebecca Bilheimer of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department were among the climbers. To honor the heroes, the Lung Association has launched its inaugural 2021 Fight For Air Climb Firefighter Calendar to raise funds to support the vision of a world free of lung disease. Calendars can be pre-ordered starting today for $20 each, to be delivered in October. Each calendar features photos of our firefighters at their local Fight For Air Climb from Los Angeles and New York to Milwaukee, Miami and everywhere in between.

Featured in the January 2021 pages of the calendar, Green and Bilheimer both participated in the 2020 Fight For Air Climb Baltimore, each raising $1,000 with their teams.

Downloadable images available here.

Respiratory diseases remain a significant health issue for firefighters and emergency responders. The Lung Association mission hits close to home with firefighters because of increased exposure to gases, chemicals and smoke in the line of duty. This exposure may result in the development of chronic issues, including lingering cough, hoarseness, asthma, and allergies and in more extreme cases, lung or bronchial cancer. One of the many pollutants found in smoke is particle pollution, which is a mix of tiny solid and liquid particles suspended in air so small that they enter and lodge deep in the lungs. Firefighters can inhale smoke and a wide range of chemicals that may be present in a burning building.

Among the heroes affected by lung disease include first responders to the site of the terrorist attack on Twin Towers in New York City on September 11, 2001, many of whom developed different variants of asthma, acute rhinitis, sinusitis, sore throat and acute cough. On that day, some firefighters’ lungs aged the equivalent of 10 to 12 years in the first weeks to months ollowing the attack from the dust they breathed. The Lung Association’s mission hits close to home with firefighters because of their increased susceptibility to lung disease, including lung cancer due to exposure of gases, chemicals and smoke in the line of duty.

“Our firefighters are our everyday heroes who are subject to lung disease based on the very nature of their jobs. We are proud to honor our local firefighters and across the nation who protect us from lethal smoke and step up to the cause every year to support our mission to protect the lung health of our communities,” said American Lung Association Executive Director of Maryland Dina Gordon.

The Fight For Air Firefighter Calendars will include fire-safety tips and statistics on how fires affect our lung health, as well as tips for how to train for your next Fight For Air Climb. Additionally, Lung Association volunteers and donors will be featured in the calendar to highlight how they acted nimbly and helped keep the mission of saving lives through improving lung health going stronger than ever.

For more information about the Fight For Air Firefighter Calendar visit Lung.org/calendar.

For media seeking to schedule a media interview with Nicholas Green or Rebecca Bilheimer, contact Val Gleason at the American Lung Association at 717-971-1123 or [email protected].

For more information, contact:

Valerie Gleason
717-971-1123
[email protected]

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