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Our official partnership with the Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency Services (HFRE) is critical to our success and we want to thank them for their vital support. Thank you as well to ALL fire stations across Nova Scotia who are supporting this event! 

Firefighters know how important it is to take steps to safeguard lung health.  When fighting fire, they must take precautions to protect themselves from harmful exposure to pollutants.  Each fire they respond to exposes firefighters to a mix of toxic gases, chemicals and other substances that contribute to firefighters elevated risk of respiratory disease and cancer.

As our community heroes climb the 18-flight stairwell at Scotia Square, they will be wearing 75lbs+ of protective gear!

Come out and cheer on our community heroes!


Please be prepared to race in full firefighter gear:

  • Boots

  • Pants 

  • Coat (with liners intact)

  • Helmet (hoods will not be worn)

  • Gloves  

  • Empty self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) will be worn and used throughout the entire Stairclimb. *Due to liability issues and safety, all cylinders should be EMPTY for transportation and for the climb.


Each participant in the Firefighter division must wear gear that meets current National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) structural firefighting standards. All firefighters are expected to bring their own gear, or arrange to get gear through their respective Departments

BRAGGING RIGHTS - Awards will be given for top female and top male competitors. We will also have an award for top fire station (this award will be presented post-race



Want to show off your stuff? Compete against other fire stations in the province in our #Gear-Up Challenge. Post a video of yourself putting on your full gear. Post on social media and include the Hastag #GearUpChallenge. Be sure to tag the Lung Association of Nova Scotia, to ensure we see your post! The top 3 will compete on stage during the Stair Heroes event - for prizes and, of course, bragging rights! Heat things up with the #Gear-Up Challenge

Online #GearUpChallenge challenge MUST be uploaded by February 7, 2020 to qualify for the first round.

The "False Alarms" from Station 23 are bringing the heat!

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