About the Stairclimb

Every year, hundreds of firefighters from around the world climb the stairs of Calgary’s BOW tower, one of Western Canada’s tallest buildings, in support of firefighters and community members living with cancer.  Brave participants start their challenge at 3400 feet above sea level and climb the 775 vertical feet – 1204 steps or 55 floors – of the tower in full duty gear. At a total of 4175 vertical feet, the Calgary, Alberta event is the highest elevation firefighter stairclimb in the world!

Originally inspired by Seattle’s Scott Firefighter Stairclimb, Kathy Blas, sister of local fallen firefighter Gord Paul, brought this event to the attention of the Calgary Fire Department, the Calgary Firefighters Benevolent Society and local cancer support charity, Wellspring Calgary.  Proceeds from the event benefit Wellspring Calgary.  With 17 presumptive cancers recognized as occupational hazards of firefighting, this event and the cause it supports make it all the more meaningful.

Wellspring Calgary is pleased to announce Wellspring will gift a portion of event proceeds to support the Firefighters Assistance Charitable Society (FACS): their mission is to empower and strengthen the firefighter by enhancing the success and resilience of the firefighter community.

The event is fully endorsed and supported by the Calgary Fire Department.  We are delighted to recognize H&R Reit as host of the Bow Tower.

Key supporters of this event include:

  • Calgary Fire Department
  • Calgary Firefighters Association IAFF Local 255
  • Wellspring Calgary

*Open to active, volunteer, or retired firefighters 18 years of age or older.


Click here to read more about how this event came to be.

CLICK HERE for a research article about the connection between firefighting and cancer.

CLICK HERE for a fact sheet on firefighters and presumptive cancers.

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