Over 70 people took part in this year’s September 11 Memorial Climb in Auckland, arranged by Tony Scott from Auckland Airport Brigade. Now in its sixth year, the stair climb honours and remembers all firefighters, both in New Zealand and overseas, who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
The stair climb mirrored stair events taking place across America on 11 September to remember the 343 FDNY firefighters who died at the World Trade Centre in 2001.
Each participant in Auckland wore a black band on their leg to honour one of the 56 New Zealanders or one of the 343 New York firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty.
Held at 125 Queen Street, competitors raced against the clock in three timed events in the morning, wearing BA and full Level 2 equipment.
A Memorial was held at 2.30pm, where the names of fallen New Zealand firefighters are read. This year was particularly special as it saw two FDNY firefighters from New York read the fallen firefighters from 9-11.
New also this year, there were two beams of light in the evening from the Viaduct to mimic the Tribute in Light that occurs annually on 11 September in New York. These striking beams were visible across Auckland.
For more information, visit www.fireup.co.nz.
Photo: Phillip Kite
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