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Firefighter Challenge

Save the Date: March 7, 2015
Location: John Hancock Tower, 200 Clarendon St., Boston, MA

2013 Climb to the Top, Waltham Fire Dept.Please join us on March 7, 2015 for the National MS Society, Greater New England Chapter’s 6th annual Climb to the Top Boston!  Climb to the Top Boston is a unique stair climb event that attracts over 500 participants who not only raise funds to help the more than 21,000 people in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont affected by multiple sclerosis, but showcase their commitment to a World Free of MS by climbing more than 1200 steps in New England’s tallest building; the John Hancock Tower.

Firefighter Registration Fee: $25
Minimum Firefighter Challenge Fundraising: $150 (per firefighter participant)

Why should I climb with my department?
Climb to the Top is a great motivational tool to achieve personal fitness and wellness goals. Create a team with your department to train with a group, or use your everyday fitness activities to prepare. Train with your own equipment and challenge yourself to perform at your best.

Multiple Sclerosis is an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system that can manifest in several different ways and effect individuals in widely different means.   MS can affect both firefighters and their families, often placing them on light-duty or taking them away from their chosen career due to symptoms of the disease.  Come support those firefighters with MS, and help raise funds and awareness to create a world free of MS.  

Compete with other departments!
2013 Climb to the Top, Firefighter on StairsShow your department pride and step it up as you race to the top. There will be awards for:

What Qualifies our Department to Participate in the Climb to the Top Boston—Firefighter Challenge?

  1. TEAM - You must have at least 4 members to qualify for the Fastest Fire Department Team award. Members do not have to be from the same department. Example: a team may consist of four members from four different departments.
  2. PPE - Must be structural firefighting gear adhering to NFPA 1971. Both coat and bunker pants MUST have the liner in place. Failure to have a liner will result in your time not being counted toward the Firefighter Division awards. Bunker pants must be worn. 3/4 coats are permissible.
  3. BOOTS - All boots must be structural firefighting boots. Rubber, leather & lace up boots will be permitted, provided they are fire rated. No station boots will be permitted when qualifying for the trophy.
  4. GLOVES - Gloves are optional. They do not directly affect the outcome of the race.
  5. HELMET & HOOD – Firefighter helmets are mandatory, hoods are optional.
  6. AIR PACK - An air pack must be worn the entire climb in order to qualify your time for the Firefighter-specific awards. It is recommended that they be full, though this will not be policed. Unfortunately, due to the various sizes, capacities, makes and department standards there will be no official size or weight set for the air tank. Therefore the only requirement is that one be worn for the entire climb.
  7. MASK - Masks are required. Times will be counted whether you are on air or not. If you are not on air, then the mask does NOT need to be worn on your face, but you need to have it attached to your turnout gear.
  8. TOOLS - WILL NOT BE ALLOWED (i.e., axe, halligan, pike pole, etc.)

EMS - Any EMS team is more than welcome in the Firefighter Challenge provided they meet the above requirements.

Firefighters with Lori Grande, 2013 Climb to the Top

Lori Grande of WKLB-FM (center) with Firefighters from Holden, Massachusetts

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