About the Event

On Sunday, May 6, 2018, over 650 firefighters from Canada and the United States will be climbing the stairs of Calgary’s BOW Building, Western Canada’s tallest building and the highest elevation firefighter stairclimb in the world, in support of firefighters and citizens living with cancer. Hosted by the Calgary Firefighters Benevolent Society, Calgary is poised to cheer on the brave ones who will ascend the 775 vertical feet –  1204 steps – of THE BOW Building, in full firefighter duty gear. Starting at 3400 feet above sea level, this climb is the highest elevation firefighter stairclimb in the world! Firefighters will have the opportunity to be timed wearing their full duty gear, including provided SCBA packs (without air).

Inspired by Seattle’s Scott Firefighter Stairclimb, Kathy Blas, the sister of local fallen firefighter Gord Paul, brought this event to the attention of the Calgary Fire Department, the Calgary Firefighters Benevolent Society and a local cancer charity. Wellspring Calgary provides programs, resources and support to people living with cancer along with their families and caregivers. The event is promoted and hosted by The Calgary Firefighters Benevolent Society whose purpose is to provide assistance to firefighters and their families when they are in need. There are 14 presumptive cancers that are a recognized occupational hazard of the firefighter’s job. Those who live with cancer are heroes to their families and friends, living out each day with courage and hope. Firefighters also provide courage and hope; they are our everyday heroes. The event is fully endorsed and supported by the Calgary Fire Department. CLICK HERE for a research article about the connection between firefighters and cancer. Click here to read more about how this event came to be. Key supporters of this event include:

  • Calgary Firefighters Benevolent Society
  • Calgary Fire Department
  • Calgary Firefighters Association IAFF Local 255
  • Encana Corporation
  • Wellspring Calgary

You must be an active or retired firefighter to participate in this climb. You must be at least 18 years old on event day.


“Encana has a longstanding and valued partnership with the Calgary Fire Department. One of our core values as a company is safety, both at home and in the workplace, and we’re proud to support the local firefighters who work every day to keep our communities safe. As the presenting sponsor, Encana is pleased to provide the venue for the Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge in support of Wellspring Calgary.”  Mike Williams, EVP Corporate Services

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