What is the Dallas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb?
Visit our about page for more information.
Who can climb?
Only active duty first responders (firefighters, law enforcment officers and EMS personnel) are allowed to climb.
Why can't the public climb?
There are three reasons why only firefighters and police officers are allowed to climb:
1) Each year there are more firefighters, police officers and EMTs that want to climb than available climbing spots,
2) Each climber receives the name, picture and accountability tag of one of their fallen brothers or sisters...a special honor that we feel should be reserved for them,
3) The leading cause of line-of-duty deaths for firefighters is heart attack/stroke. Preparation for this event provides motivation for the climbers to take charge of their health and get in great shape. Every year firefighters, police officers and EMTs become healthier and better prepared for their job by training for this event.
Is this climb affiliated with any other stair climbs?
The Dallas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is not affiliated with any other climbs or events in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. We were the first 9/11 memorial stair climb in Dallas. We are affiliated with other sanctioned climbs of the Association of Memorial Stair Climbs. Visit the Association's website for more information about affiliated climbs.
Where does the money that climbers collect go?
While fundraising is not a major objective of our event, participants are provided the opportunity to help raise support for our beneficiaries - non-profits that support the families and departments who have suffered a line-of-duty injury or loss. Visit our beneficiaries page to find out more about our beneficiaries.
Why 110 floors?
The World Trade Center Twin Towers were 110 floors tall. This is just one of many symbolic elements of our climb. To find out more about the symbolism at our event, visit our symbolic elements page.
I want to help support this event, how can I do that?
This event has not and could not happen if it weren't for the support of our planners, volunteers, partners and sponsors. There are many ways to help support this event - but all involve giving. If you are interested in giving your time and talent or your treasure, contact the Event Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
Who runs this event?
This climb is planned by a committee that consists of an average of 35 to 40 volunteers. Visit our join the team page for more information.
Who do I talk to if I have any questions?
Should you not find the answer to your question on our website, feel free to contact the Event Director: email@example.com.
What is the stair climb's position on...?
The Steering Committee creates the event vision, policies and rules and provides guidance on all matters relating to the climb. Position Statements on specific and/or controversial issues can be found here.
Who can climb?
Only active duty firefighters, police officers and EMTs are allowed to climb.
How many climbers are there?
343 firefighters, 70 police officers, 9 EMTs. We also typically have 80 - 100 "alternates" register.
Why can't the public climb?
See answer under GENERAL Questions column to the left.
How do you ensure that everyone has a fair chance at climbing?
While there are many situations that may seem unfair to those who desire to climb, the event steering committee has attempted to provide everyone an equal opportunity to register by not allowing for any special exceptions. See our registration rules for more information.
Do I need to train for this climb? And what can I do to prepare for this event?
Yes. Visit our training page to find out more.
When does registration open and how much does it cost, is it refundable?
Registration always opens on June 1st at 8am. Registration costs pays for event expenses and is expected to be approximately $50 per climber. Unfortunately, because we use this money to pay for event operational expenses it is non-refundable.
I'm coming from out-of-town, is there a place I can stay for cheap?
Each year we attempt to secure a discounted rate with at least one hotel near downtown. Information will be posted on our accommodations page as it becomes available.
What is an alternate?
Alternates are individuals who complete the registration process and help us ensure that each and every first responder killed on September 11th are represented. Any additional alternates will represent those first responders who have died since - due to their exposure to toxic products of Ground Zero. Typically we go through 60 alternates before the climb and about 10 the day of the event. Alternates who attend the event help ensure that we have all 343 and 70 represented. For more information about alternates, see our registration rules.
Who do I talk to if I have any registration related questions?
Firefighters and EMS personnel should direct their questions to the Fire/EMS Participant Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Law Enforcement should direct their questions to the Law Enforcement Coordinator: email@example.com.
You may also contact the Assistant Event Director of Participants: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are pledges required?
Although fundraising is not the main focus of our event, both event organizers and participants have recognized that a significant amount of support can be raised and a positive impact made in the operations of our beneficiaries. Participants are encourage, but not required, to raise at least $1.00 per floor.
How do climbers raise pledges?
Climbers should gather all pledges via their own personal online fundraising page that is created during or immediately following the registration process. Our event uses a fundraising platform created by Crowdrise. Climbers are discouraged from taking pledges in person. Should this be the only option, please:
- convert any cash received into a check
- make all checks payable the beneficiary you choose to raise support for
- place Dallas Stair Climb in the memo line of the check
- bring the check with you to check-in.
Are pledges tax-deductible?
Yes. Our beneficiaries are 501(c)3 organizations.
What percentage of pledges goes to the beneficiaries?
100% of the pledges collected from the donor go to the beneficiary by way of the fundraising platform (website) powered by Crowdrise. **Our event is not involved in the processing of these donations in any way.** Crowdrise fees are 5% of the transaction. Although Crowdrise provides the fundraising website, they do not touch the money. Our beneficiaries are given a choice between two payment processors: Network for Good or WePay. Credit card processing fees are 3.9% + 0.30 per transaction.
Do I get credit for pledges I gather and do donors get a receipt?
When someone donates on a climbers pledge they will receive credit for that pledge and the donor will automatically receive an email receipt that meets the IRS requirements for a record of their donation. Unfortunately we are unable to credit pledges not gathered via the web based fundraising page.
Who can volunteer?
How can I volunteer?
There are many opportunities to volunteer at the climb. Prior to Volunteer registration, you can complete an interest form and be added to our email list. You will be contacted when Volunteer registration opens.
Do I have to attend volunteer training?
It has been determined that some volunteer assignments require training beforehand to ensure the climb is successful. Depending upon what you would like to do the day of the event, you may be required to attend training.
Is there an the age limits for volunteers?
Volunteers must be at least fourteen years of age...however volunteers under the age of eighteen must have a waiver signed by a guardian and must be accompanied by an adult supervisor at all times.
I have a group of individuals who wish to volunteer, do you accept groups?
Groups of volunteers are accepted on a case by case basis. Contact the Volunteer Director to find out more: email@example.com