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Inaugural climb a success
On Father’s Day 7 September, CFA members came from as far as Swan Hill and Sorrento, Horsham and Hampton Park to participate in the inaugural Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb.
The event saw participants climb 28 floors of the Crown Metropol Hotel in Melbourne whilst wearing 25kg of full structural turn out gear and breathing apparatus.
The aim of the event was to raise $100,000 for the Alfred Hospital Burns Unit and we are pleased to say that the target fundraising goal was reached with a final figure of $122,000. Dr Heather Cleland from the Alfred Hospital Burn Unit was on hand to thank all participants for their hard work and generous donations.
The stair climb took on another meaning also. It was a chance to pause and honour the 343 fallen firefighters who tragically lost their lives on 11 September 2001 in the US and remember the hard work and sacrifice they made.
Representatives from 42 CFA brigades took part in the climb alongside counterparts from the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB,) Aviation Rescue Fire Fighting Services Melbourne (ARFF), Fire Rescue Service New South Wales and the New Zealand Fire Service (NZFS). It is even rumoured that a brave firefighter wore a pink tutu over their turn out gear.
Well done to the CFA members and teams who won medals in the various categories.
Mt Evelyn CFA won the trophy for the most fundraising by a brigade/station/unit, $9196 raised. Beaconsfield Captain Paul Hayes won the award for most fundraising by an individual participant, $5255 raised.
The event was a success: a wonderful gathering of services to share camaraderie and a little bit of competitive spirit.
Event organisers look forward to the 2015 Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb, so start training!