CFA members climb to new heights for mental health

Member News image Photo: CFA member crosses the finish line at the 2023 Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb.


Up to 700 participating Victorian and interstate emergency services members climbed the stairs of Crown Metropol in Melbourne today, to raise money and awareness for mental health and cancer research.


The 10th annual Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb, organised by the 000Foundation, raised a total of more than $605,000.

This year’s beneficiaries are Lifeline, Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation and 000Foundation.

The challenge saw firefighters get into 25kg of protective gear and race up 28 floors of the tower one-by-one.

CFA Deputy Chief Officer Garry Cook said it’s positive to see emergency services personnel come together in person to support such a worthwhile cause.

“Our members are enthusiastic participants of this event and it's great to see their contributions make a difference by raising money and awareness for mental health programs and cancer research,” he said.

Firefighters and emergency personnel from all over Australia flocked to Melbourne to be part of the stair climb.

CFA firefighters climbed alongside members from FRV, FFMVic, Victoria Police, VICSES, Ambulance Victoria and members from Tasmania, New South Wales, South Australia and New Zealand.

Since the Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb Challenge began in 2014, the event has raised more than $3.5 million, benefitting charities and organisations such as Alfred Hospital Burns Unit, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Lifeline, Black Dog Institute, Emergency Services Foundation and 000Foundation.

People can still donate and learn more about the Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb online at


  • Member News imagePhoto: CFA member gives a thumb up as they finish the stair climb.
  • Member News image Photo: DCO Garry Cook addresses the stair climbers ahead of the event.
  • Member News image Photo: CFA members making their way to Crown Metropol.
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