On the morning of September 11, 2011 fire service members will convene in buildings across the United States to climb 110 stories as a tribute to their fallen brothers. The Climb is partnered with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, and proceeds from the events benefit the families of all fallen firefighters.
The first stair climb was held on September 11, 2005 when five Colorado firefighters convened at a high-rise building in downtown Denver to climb 110 flights of stairs in memory of their FDNY brothers who were killed. Over subsequent years, attendance grew, until it was capped at 343 participants in 2008.
In 2010, the original Denver team partnered with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to create a template that would enable coordinator to successfully replicate a 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb anywhere in the United States.
The Manassas 9/11 Stair Climb will take place on September 11, 2011 at 8:46am, the tenth anniversary of the attacks, at Sudley Tower at 7900 Sudley Rd in Manassas, Virginia. It will consist of 114 firefighters, approximately one third of the number of firefighters lost on 9/11. Each will carry the names of three of the fallen with them during their climb. Sudley Tower is only 9 stories tall, so each firefighter will climb 12 times, and the remaining 2 stories will be walked.
Th local event is hosted by the Stonewall Jackson Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department in Prince William County, Virginia.
Interested parties may register to participate as teams or individuals. The event is open to firefighters, emergenct service workers and the public. Registration is $25 per individual. You may register online here.
Fire service participants are encouraged to climb the stairs in turn-out gear, SCBA and carrying either folded lengths of hose and/or hand tools. You may also choose the make the climb in partial PPE or SCBA, station uniform or work-out clothes. The idea is to simulate conditions encountered by FDNY members who responded to the Trade Center. Climbers are to travel at their own pace with their team and use the time to reflect and remember those lost on September 11th.
Non-fire service participants should dress in comfortable workout/running attire.
The stair climb will begin at the conclusion of the opening ceremony at about 8:46am. Participants are asked to arrive between 7:00am and 8:00am. Parking will be free on the day of the climb to the rear of Sudley Tower.
Family and friends are welcome to come to the climb site and take part in the opening ceremonies and observe the firefighters and other participants staged in the staging area.