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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

NFTA Staff Climb 470 Steps for the ALA

L-R: Mike, Kevin, Rachel, Carolyn, Tim,  Maggie,
Emma, Patrick and Nate.  Front: Mike
On Saturday, March 11, over 600 individuals, of which 150 were firefighters, attended the annual American Lung Association's Buffalo Air Climb at Main Place Tower to take on 24 flights of stairs (470 steps) to advocate for lung health awareness and help save lives.  In addition to its advertising sponsorship, NFTA also supported the event with two climb teams; a ten-person civilian team that was coordinated by Mike Moore and an Aircraft Rescue Firefighter team from BNIA which included Assistant Chief Bill Major and five firefighters.

What a day it proved to be; NFTA had a great showing!
In addition to raising a collective $4,000 to support the ALA, there were some superstar climbers in the mix! Carolyn Concannon's husband, Patrick, took 3rd place in age bracket 50-59 with a time of 3:51 minutes, Nathan Meyers, son of Airfield Supervisor Timothy Meyers at NFIA, took 2nd place in age 20-29 at 3:15.

BNA Firefighters:  Bill Locher, Scott Seib, Asst. Chief Bill Major,
Andy Laforce, Marty Szymanski and Jessica Dudziak

And, if that isn't impressive enough, Jessica Dudziak took 2nd place female firefighter, 7:47. She is also a former (two-time) first place winner as well. Andrew Laforce took 3rd place for male firefighter, 4:43.  All  firefighters climb in full gear weighing anywhere from 65-75 pounds and although the rules do not require them to be aerating from the SCBA tank and mask breathing system, the BNIA ARFF team, as well as others, completed the climb "on air" adding yet another challenge to their assent.

In addition, this year's individual fundraising star goes to Rachel Maloney whom has participated in the Climb for the past four years in honor of her late mother, Caroline, who suffered from COPD.  The ALA's goal for the overall event was to raise $175,000 and although they are still tallying the final number, early evidence suggests they surpassed this goal.

Congratulations to everyone involved - what a great team effort!