Iowa Firefighters Stair Climb Four Buildings to Help Fight Lung Disease

Written by Theresa Rose on February 26, 2015

Stair Climb in 70 pounds of fire gear to benefit Lung Association

DES MOINES , IOWA (February 26, 2015) – More than 100 Des Moines area firefighters will climb and 93 floors combined in 70 pounds of full fire turnout gear on Sunday morning, March 22nd as part of the American Lung Association in Iowa’s 2015 Fight for Air Climb in Downtown Des Moines. Media passes can be requested via email here.

Fire houses will tackle the stairs as teams to compete for bragging rights and to win the Lung Association’s coveted, traveling Fire Fighter Challenge Trophy. More than 50 firehouses are expected to participate. Those currently registered include:

· Adair Fire and Rescue

· Ainsworth Fire Department

· Casey Fire Department

· Cedar Rapids Fire Department

· Des Moines Fire Department

· Farragut Fire Department

· Goldfield Volunteer Fire Department

· Granger Fire Department

· Grimes Fire and Rescue

· Huxley Fire and Rescue

· Johnston Fire Department

· North Liberty Fire Department

· Norwalk Fire and Rescue

· Otho Fire and Rescue

· Pacific Junction Fire Department

· Riverside Community Volunteer Fire Department

· Robins Fire Department

· State Center Fire EMS

· Story City Fire Department

· Webster County Fire Department

· West Des Moines Fire Department

· Windsor Heights Fire Department

· Winterset Fire Department

· Woodward Fire Department

They will join more than one thousand Iowans, others from across the mid-west and around the world who will tackle the four buildings. The 2015 Fight for Air Climb is a unique fundraising event for the American Lung Association in Iowa. It’s a stair climb of up to four buildings in downtown Des Moines: EMC Insurance Companies (15 floors), Hub Tower (18 floors), Ruan Center (32 floors) and the Des Moines Marriott Downtown (28 floors); for a total of 93 floors combined. Climbers help improve the lives of patients across the country and locally in Iowa. Ninety cents of every dollar raised goes directly to education, research and advocacy.

Registration is open online at or by calling (515) 309-9507. Registration is $25 until March 16th; $35 until March 17th; and $45 on event day. If registering on event day, the total cost is $145, which includes both registration and fundraising totals.