65th Annual Schuylkill County Firefighter Convention Stair Climb

Sunday August 18, 2019 2:00pm at 222 East Broad Street, Tamaqua – home of the HIGH RISE

On Sunday August 18 beginning at 2:00pm, the Tamaqua Fire Department is sponsoring a stair climb of Tamaqua’s 15 story High Rise housing building, the tallest building in Schuylkill County. Each participant will climb and descend the 15 stories 7 times and finish with a 5 story climb and descent. This represents the 110 stories the emergency service personnel climbed September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center in New York City. There is a $30 registration fee to participate, which will be donated to the Lehigh Valley Hospital Network Burn Foundation.

The stair climb is not a timed race event, but a way for firefighters and the community to honor and remember those who selflessly gave their lives so that others might live. Firefighters will be permitted to climb in their personal PPE, but the carrying of tools, hose, etc. will be prohibited due to the limited space in the stairwells. Each climber will participate in an individual traditional firefighter “Bell Ceremony” at the conclusion of their climb, honoring a recent Line Of Duty Death. Participants will receive a T-Shirt in commemoration of the event, on a first come first serve basis (due to a limited quantity). Climbers can pre-register on-line below. 

Medical personnel will be on hand to provide wellness checks of the climbers and monitor vital signs on request. There will also be a kiosk setup by medical professionals to provide information and literature on health questions. Water will be available to the climbers, courtesy of General Insurance Agency, Inc.

General Insurance Agency is exclusively dedicated to serving Emergency Service Organizations. They are proud to provide insurance to over 375 Volunteer Fire, Ambulance, and Search & Rescue organizations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

This event is open to the public, everyone is welcome. A health risk waiver will be required to be signed by all participants to hold harmless all sponsors for any loss.

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