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9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

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Clayton Stair Climb

On Sunday, September 9, 2018, the Clayton Fire Department will host the sixth annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb to benefit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and local charities. Members of the fire service and EMS will convene in Clayton to pay tribute to their fallen brethren by climbing 110 stories in the Pierre Laclede Building. Some may carry breathing apparatus, fire hose or other firefighting equipment; many will be in full turnout gear. Each participant however, will carry a photo and biographical sketch of one of the 343 FDNY firefighters lost at the World Trade Center collapse on September 11th, 2001.

The stair climb was chosen for two primary reasons:

  • The FDNY firefighters on 9/11 were forced to climb the stairs to rescue and evacuate people, as well as reach the fire floors.

A commitment to firefighter safety through better fitness
Registration is limited to firefighters and EMS personnel until August 1st, after which, the event will be open to the public. Participants must be a minimum of 18 years old and should be in top physical condition as this is an extremely demanding event. Participants are encouraged to wear full turnouts, SCBA and carry an additional piece of high-rise firefighting equipment. However, you may climb in your station uniform or regular exercise clothing and tennis shoes.

Event check-in will be at the Clayton Fire Department on Sunday, September 10th, located next door to the stair climb venue at 7733 Forsyth Boulevard.

Public parking is available at the Centene Parking Garage, directly across the street from the stair climb venue at 7733 Forsyth Boulevard.

Stair Climb History

The first stair climb held to support the mission of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation was held on September 11, 2005. when five Colorado firefighters convened at a high-rise building in downtown Denver to climb 110 flights of stairs in memory of their FDNY brothers who were killed in the terrorist attacks of 9-11. The following year, twelve firefighters participated, representing four fire departments from the metro Denver area. Each subsequent year, attendance grew, until it was capped at 343 participants in 2008.

Since its beginning, the Denver 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb has evolved into a much anticipated annual event, and generated interest from individuals across the country who hoped to adapt the format and host an event in their cities. In 2010, the original Denver team partnered with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to create a template that would enable an event coordinator to successfully replicate a 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb anywhere in the United States.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Several sponsorship opportunities remain for corporate sponsorship, event sponsors, floor sponsors and in-kind donations. All donations are tax deductible. Please contact Jason Hildebrandt at to discuss your support of this exciting event.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities are available for participant spouses, junior firefighters, service organizations and the general public. For more information, please contact Jason Hildebrandt at

Clayton 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb

September 9, 2018
Two Climbs
10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
With check-in at
9:00 a.m. and Noon

Register Now (coming soon)