On Feb. 4, 2012, members of the participated in “Fight for Air Climb” in Boston, MA. The event is a fund raiser for the American Lung Association and this is the third year members of the West Hartford Fire Department have participated in the event.
The stair climb is a competitive event for firefighters who climb the 41 floors at One Boston place wearing full firefighting gear and air packs. There are many Lung Association stair climb events in the northeast, but this event has the most fire personnel competing in it. There were 380 firefighters from all over New England participating.
Pictured from Left to right are:
Firefighter Troy Shipley (41 floors in 8:46, 20th place overall) of Quint 4, Albany Ave. Fire Station #4 West Hartford.
Fire fighter Ben Coker (41 floors in 9:54) of Quint 2, Brace road, Fire Station #2, West Hartford.
Battalion Chief Matt Stuart (41 Floors in 10:04, 6th place in the 50+ age group) Battalion 2, Brace Road, Fire Station #2, West Hartford.