Memorial Weekend


9/11 and WTC Illness

In the immediate aftermath of the September 11th attacks, our nation demonstrated fortitude and perseverance. Firefighters from around the country arrived in New York City within 48 hours to assist with the recovery missions. As the fire service mourned the loss of 343 members of FDNY along with other first responders and civilians who died that day, it was clear that collectively we would promise to never forget.

» Read: The Ongoing Impact of 9/11 and World Trade Center Illnesses

You can learn more about the impact of World Trade Center illnesses and the efforts being made by our friends at 9/11 Health Watch to assist those affected by the aftermath here:

Get Prepared for the Stair Climb

We’ve developed some training resources to help you prepare for the 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb. These resources include fitness/wellness, tactical and operational resources. This section will be upadted with more information, so check back often to see what new resources are available!

Health, Fitness, and Wellness


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» Download: Getting Started with an Exercise Program


Operations and Tactics

How to prepare for the NFFF 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

This video outlines some simple steps you can take to prepare your body for the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb in your community. Follow these suggestions and you’ll be better prepared to complete the climb, and recover faster in the days following. This exercise program should be started as soon as possible before a climb, ideally no less than 30 days prior to the event.

If you have any known health problems or exercise limitations, please consult with your physician prior to starting this, or any exercise program. Although the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is not a race, it is a strenuous activity and any step you can take to better prepare will pay off in the long run.

Building the NFFF 2 1/2″ High Rise Hose Pack

This video will demonstrate the proper method to build a 2 1/2″ High Rise Hose Pack using light weight hose. This hose pack is the preferred method for use during the NFFF 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. You will need 4 sections of 2 1/2″ hose, 50′ each. Other items needed are a 2 1/2″ nozzle, a 2 1/2″ to 1 3/4″ gated wye, and several small hose straps (we use 3 on each hose) to secure the bundles.