Local Firefighter Union Gives Back to Support Lung Health, COVID-19 Relief in Miami

Local 1403 named presenting sponsor of the Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb event

Today, the American Lung Association in Florida announced that International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Metro-Dade Firefighters Local 1403 is the presenting sponsor of the Fight For Air Climb, set for March 6 at Hard Rock Stadium. This is the 17th year that the local firefighter union has sponsored the event. 

The Fight For Air Climb typically takes place in the stairwells of the One Biscayne Tower but was reimagined as an outdoor climb challenge for the safety of participants, volunteers and staff. The organization is also offering a “Climb Your Way” option for those who can’t make it to the physical event. 

“Through events like the Fight For Air Climb, we are able to fund our work to improve air quality, educate residents on lung health and COVID-19, and help people who live with lung disease,” said Chrissy Cohen, executive director for the Lung Association. “But we can’t do it alone. Our partnership with Local 1403 helps us provide vital support to the Miami community and residents throughout Florida. From funding asthma education, to providing resources to those suffering from lung cancer, this support makes people’s lives better every day.”

On top of the sponsorship of the Fight For Air Climb, the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue team and Local 1403 have raised more than $142,000 for the Lung Association over 16 years participating in the event. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and Local 1403 member Lt. Jeanette Harrington was also featured in the inaugural 2021 Fight For Air Climb Firefighter Calendar. 

“In the line of duty, firefighters are regularly exposed to smoke, gasses, chemicals and other substances that can be damaging to their lungs, making them at an increased risk for chronic issues, including lingering cough, hoarseness, asthma, and allergies, and in more extreme cases, lung or bronchial cancer, so the work of the American Lung Association is critical to us,” said William McAllister, Local 1403 President. “Besides firefighters, the organization’s work to support clean air and healthy lungs affects everyone, so we are proud to be involved with the Fight For Air Climb again this year. We hope to see our community come together for a fun and inspiring event.”

Money raised at the Fight For Air Climb will fund the Lung Association’s efforts to end lung cancer and lung disease, as well as support the organization’s COVID-19 Action Initiative. The COVID-19 Action Initiative is a $25 million investment to address COVID-19 and protect against future respiratory virus pandemics. The initiative works with public and private entities to increase research collaboration and develop new vaccines, detection tests and treatment therapies.

Registration for the Fight For Air Climb is $35 and includes a $100 fundraising minimum. For more information, and to register, visit FightForAirClimb.org/Miami

Your safety is always our number one priority. We are continually monitoring local conditions that might affect your Climb. Check your local Climb website for the most up-to-date information.

For more information, contact:

Jill Dale
[email protected]

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