Firefighters from your local fire station, Hoppers Crossing, will join 600 Firefighters from all over Australasia and the world to battle it out at the 6th Annual Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb on Saturday 7th September 2019.
We spoke to Mark Unwin, a volunteer at Hoppers Crossing CFA, who said “It’s about raising awareness that there are members out in the local community, that at a moments notice, drop everything to go and serve and protect somebody that they don’ t even know. I guess having some support from the community itself every now and then coming back our way is nice as well”
The race will pit firefighters against each other in a grueling challenge of fitness and strength. Firefighters will compete wearing 25 kilograms of protective clothing and breathing apparatus, in an event that simulates actions required at a high rise building fire.
Event Director Steve Axup said, “The Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb has been a tremendous success, raising in excess of $1.8 Million for burns, cancer, children’s health and mental health charities in the last 5 years.”
“This year our firefighters are aiming to raise $700,000 to fund research, improve support services, remove stigmas and raise awareness of these pressing Mental Health issues,” he said.
“The statistics are quite alarming with 10% of Emergency Services suffering the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI)”.
The event is being supported by Crown Metropol Hotel, Draeger, Scania, Tait Communications, Holmatro and Gallagher Bassett.
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