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Firefighter Challenge

Location: 200 Clarendon St., Boston, MA

Firefighter thumbs up, Climb to the Top Boston 2016Please join us for the National MS Society, Greater New England Chapter’s annual Climb to the Top Boston!  Climb to the Top Boston is a unique stair climb event that attracts over 500 participants who not only raise funds to help the more than 21,000 people in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont affected by multiple sclerosis, but showcase their commitment to a World Free of MS by climbing more than 1200 steps in New England’s tallest building; the 200 Clarendon Tower.

Firefighter Registration Fee: $25
Minimum Firefighter Challenge Fundraising: $150 (per firefighter participant)

Why should I climb with my department?
Climb to the Top is a great motivational tool to achieve personal fitness and wellness goals. Create a team with your department to train with a group, or use your everyday fitness activities to prepare. Train with your own equipment and challenge yourself to perform at your best.

Multiple Sclerosis is an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system that can manifest in several different ways and effect individuals in widely different means.   MS can affect both firefighters and their families, often placing them on light-duty or taking them away from their chosen career due to symptoms of the disease.  Come support those firefighters with MS, and help raise funds and awareness to create a world free of MS.  

Compete with other departments!
Firefighters and view of city, Climb to the Top Boston 2016Show your department pride and step it up as you race to the top. There will be awards for:

What Qualifies our Department to Participate in the Climb to the Top Boston—Firefighter Challenge?

  1. TEAM - You must have at least 4 members to qualify for the Fastest Fire Department Team award. Members do not have to be from the same department. Example: a team may consist of four members from four different departments.
  2. PPE - Must be structural firefighting gear adhering to NFPA 1971. Both coat and bunker pants MUST have the liner in place. Failure to have a liner will result in your time not being counted toward the Firefighter Division awards. Bunker pants must be worn. 3/4 coats are permissible.
  3. BOOTS - All boots must be structural firefighting boots. Rubber, leather & lace up boots will be permitted, provided they are fire rated. No station boots will be permitted when qualifying for the trophy.
  4. GLOVES - Gloves are optional. They do not directly affect the outcome of the race.

    – Firefighter helmets are mandatory, hoods are optional.
  6. AIR PACK - An air pack must be worn the entire climb in order to qualify your time for the Firefighter-specific awards. It is recommended that they be full, though this will not be policed. Unfortunately, due to the various sizes, capacities, makes and department standards there will be no official size or weight set for the air tank. Therefore the only requirement is that one be worn for the entire climb.
  7. MASK - Masks are required. Times will be counted whether you are on air or not. If you are not on air, then the mask does NOT need to be worn on your face, but you need to have it attached to your turnout gear.
  8. TOOLS - WILL NOT BE ALLOWED (i.e., axe, halligan, pike pole, etc.)

EMS - Any EMS team is more than welcome in the Firefighter Challenge provided they meet the above requirements.

Firefighter at finish line, Climb to the Top Boston 2016Firefighter Congrats, Climb to the Top Boston 2016

Firefighter Group Photo, Climb to the Top Boston 2016

Members from Arlington, Granby and South Hadley ready to begin their climb!


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