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2016 Stair Climb


Reflect. Respect. With every step. 

4th Annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb - September 10, 2016

Event Overview

A significant part of the Pierce legacy has been giving back to the community and the fire industry. On September 10, 2016 the fourth annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb will be held at Lambeau Field. All proceeds go to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to support the victim’s families from 9/11. 


Saturday, September 10, 2016

8:00 AM     On-site Registration
9:00 AM     Opening Ceremony
9:30 AM     Start of the Climb
11:30 AM    End of the Climb (approximate)

Verizon Gate, Lambeau Field
1265 Lombardi Ave.
Green Bay, WI 54304
$35 per participant, fee includes a free 9/11 stair climb t-shirt
Thank You:
15 years ago people said they’d never forget – and you never did. THANK YOU to everyone that came out to support the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.


What Is The Stair Climb?

9/11 Memorial stair climb events are a tribute to the 343 firefighters who gave their lives during the tragic events at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. All funds raised benefit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the families and co-workers of fallen firefighters.

Members of the community are invited to climb the equivalent of 110 stories - the height of the fallen World Trade Center towers - on the steps of Lambeau Field. Each climber is given a badge with the name and photograph of one of the fallen firefighters, to symbolically complete the climb with one of the fallen.

At the equivalent of the 78th floor of the World Trade Center towers, which is the highest floor firefighters reached on 9/11, each climber rings the fire bell in honor of the fallen firefighter on their badge. The stair climb is not a timed race and participants can climb to any desired level. An adult or guardian must accompany minors who participate.


Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in an effort to honor America’s fallen fighters. Since 1992, the non-profit foundation has developed and expanded programs to support that effort. The organization’s mission is to honor and remember America’s fallen fire heroes, provide resources to assist their survivors in rebuilding their lives, and work within the Fire Service Community to reduce firefighter deaths.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Pre Climb

How do I register?

You can pre-register online by going to http://events.firehero.org/pierce or you can register on-site the day of the climb at 8:00 AM.

When registering online, you can register as an individual (not part of a team); you can form a team and become a team captain; or you can join an existing team.

To register as an individual, select the ‘REGISTER as an individual’ button. You will have access to your participant center where you can send e-mails to friends and family asking them to support you.

To create a team and become team captain, select the ‘FORM A TEAM become a team captain’ button. The team captain determines the name of the team and if a password is needed to join the team. 

To join a team, select the ‘JOIN A TEAM to begin fundraising’ button. Each team member will have access to their own participant center where they can send e-mails to friends and family asking them to support you.  All team members’ fundraising contributes to the team total.

All registrants will be asked to login or join as a new user.  If you registered online for the 2015 stair climb, enter your login information.  If you forgot your login, you can have it sent to you by clicking on the ‘Email me my login information’ link.  If this is your first time, select the ‘JOIN AS A NEW PARTICIPANT’ button. You will be asked to create a login during the registration process.  All required fields are marked with a red asterisk (*).  You must pay with a credit/debit card.  All major credit cards are accepted.

What’s included with my registration?

Each participant will receive an event t-shirt and an honor badge.

Are there any age restrictions?

There are no age restrictions. If a participant is under 18 years of age they must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Are there fitness level restrictions?

We count on participants to assess their level of fitness. If at any point the climb becomes too much to physically handle, participants are encouraged to take a break or stop climbing in the interest of safety. Before the climb, all participants must sign a waiver in order to participate.

Where do I park?

Park in Lot 5, near the Verizon Gate entrance at Lambeau Field. Parking is free of charge at the stadium for the day for participants, family and staff.

What should I wear?

Participants can wear athletic clothing or partial or full firefighter turnout gear.

What should I bring with me the day of the climb?

If the participant is registering onsite; cash, checks and Visa, Discover, Mastercard, and American Express debit/credit cards are accepted.

Participants are encouraged to bring a camera or smartphone for photo opportunities during the opening ceremony and post-climb. They can bring tools, hoses, flags or other items if they choose.

Can I choose who I climb for?

You can choose who you climb for when selecting your badge the day of the event. Each participant will wear the honor badge during the climb and call out the name when they ring the bell.  If you know in advance who you would like to climb for, please send the name to stairclimb@firehero.org.

During Climb

How long will it take to complete the climb?

The climb, which is the equivalent of 110 stories of the World Trade Center, takes anywhere from 45 minutes to 3 hours to complete depending on the number of climbers and the fitness level of the climber. The climb is not a timed race.

*Due to increasing event participation, the entire bowl is reserved for the 2016 climb, compared to half of the bowl in previous years.

Are spectators allowed to attend the event?

Spectators are allowed to attend the event for free. There will be a designated spectating area inside of the bowl, in sections 106-108.

Are cameras and phones safe to use?

Climbers usually do not use phones and cameras during the climb. Climbers should bring a camera for photo opportunities during the opening ceremony and post-climb.

Will there be music to climb to?

Following the bagpiper procession, audio from the New York Fire Department’s 9/11 radio dispatches will be played on speakers throughout the bowl. You are welcome bring and listen to a personal music device.

Will water be provided?

Yes, plenty of water stations will be positioned at various locations along the climbing route; however, climbers are encouraged to properly hydrate prior to the event.

Will a medical and emergency team be on staff?

Yes, there will be local emergency crews on site for the duration of the climb. In case of an emergency, event volunteers will communicate with emergency personnel.

What if the weather does not cooperate?

The climb is held rain or shine. In cases of severe weather such as a tornado, hurricane, lightening or a snowstorm, the event will be cancelled.

Post Climb

How do I provide feedback?


Please tell us about your climb experience to help make this event better next year. We appreciate your valuable feedback.

How can I contact the family of the firefighter that I climbed for?

Climbers can leave messages on the Memorial Walls of the firefighters by going to www.firehero.org/fallen-firefighters; then entering the firefighter’s name into the search field.

How are the proceeds from the event used?

100% of the proceeds go to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to provide programs, support, and counseling services to the families of our nation’s fallen firefighters.

Where can I find photos that were taken at the event?

Photos from the event will be published online at Flickr once available.

When will the date of the 2017 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, held at Lambeau Field be available?

The date of the 5th Annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb will be announced late-spring 2017. Hope to see you there!


If you still can’t find the answer to your question after reviewing the above information, please feel free to contact the Pierce Marketing Department at marketing@piercemfg.com.