First Responders Honor Fallen, Climb Three Buildings


Sunday, March 16th @ Downtown Des Moines

More than 100 firefighters from Wapello County Rural Fire, Des Moines and across Iowa will climb 66 floors and 1,179 steps as part of a three building stair climb in downtown Des Moines while wearing 80 pounds of full fire turnout gear on Sunday morning, March 16 as part of the American Lung Association in Iowa’s 2014 Fight for Air Climb.

Sixteen firehouses in all will be represented at the event taking place at the EMC Insurance Companies, Hub Tower and the Des Moines Marriott Downtown (700 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309). All will climb in honor or memory of a fallen firefighter, loved one, lung disease survivor or to support the Lung Association. In addition, the firehouse with the best finish time will receive the coveted traveling Firehouse Fight for Air Trophy.

Participating firehouses represented include:


·         Adair Fire & Rescue

·         Polk City Fire Department

·         Casey Fire Department

·         Robins Fire Department

·         Creston Fire & Rescue

·         Story City Fire Department

·         Grimes Fire Department

·         Urbandale Fire Department

·         Huxley Fire Department

·         Wapello County Rural Fire

·         Johnston Fire Department

·         West Des Moines Fire Department

·         North Liberty Fire Department

·         Windsor Heights Fire Department

·         Otho Fire Department

·         Winterset Fire Department


Two law enforcement teams will also climb and four local gyms will compete in the Gym and Fitness Center Challenge.


They will join thousands of Des Moines area residents and Iowans from across the state. The Fight for Air Climb is a unique fundraising event for the American Lung Association in Iowa. 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.


There are four ways to participate; by starting a team, joining a team, joining as an individual or volunteering. Registration is open online or by calling (515) 309-9507. Registration is $25 with a $100 fundraising commitment. If registering on event day, the total cost is $125 which includes both registration and fundraising totals.


About the American Lung Association in IowaOur mission is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. With your generous support, the American Lung Association is "Fighting for Air" through research, education and advocacy. For more information about the American Lung Association or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or visit