Important update regarding duty gear at the Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge

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The International Association of Fire Fighters and the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association have jointly released a notice on the emerging issue of potential health risks posed by firefighter PPE. Recent studies have revealed that Per and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS), a class of chemicals that may be linked to cancer, are present in turnout gear.
At Wellspring Alberta, we are committed to supporting individuals and their families who are living with cancer, and your safety is our utmost priority. After thoughtful consideration, we have decided that all participants of the Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge will climb Calgary’s tallest tower in modified gear, in the spirit of the event. Our request is that you wear your NFPA 1971 boots, helmet, SCBA (provided), and your choice of workout clothes, but not your turnout jacket and pants.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in helping us ensure the safety of all participants.
If you have any questions or concerns, we welcome you to contact us at