Participant Info


The Event is open to firefighters only, competing in approved structural Firefighting Full turnout Gear (FFG).
Firefighters may be serving in any Fire Service, Airport Rescue Fire Brigades, Industrial Brigades, and Rural Fire.
Firefighters may be asked to provide Identification proving their current service.
Firefighters must take full responsibility for their own fitness levels. A medical certificate may be required at organiser’s discretion.


All competitors will be emailed a start time in the weeks before the event.
All competitors must sign in an hour before their start time.


Your all-important times up the tower will be recorded by a chip in your race bib and displayed at throughout the day.
All bibs must be attached below the left knee. (safety pins provided)
Bibs can be collected when you sign in on the day and get your race pack.


All Competitors can only wear the SCBA provided for them by the Event. You do not need to bring your own SCBA.
Competitors must wear full turnout gear and an SCBA cylinder on their back from the start line to the finish line or be disqualified.

Competitors are required to bring and compete in the following equipment. This equipment will NOT be provided by the event:

Nationally certified, Structural Firefighting entry helmet
Nationally certified, Structural Firefighting turnout coat
Nationally certified, Structural Firefighting turnout pants
Nationally certified, Structural Firefighting gloves

Participants are permitted to wear either sneakers or boots, however sneakers are recommended to reduce the risk of tripping.
Turnout coat and pants must meet NFPA 1971 standards on protective ensemble for structural firefighting.
Note: Flash Hoods will NOT be required for competition.
The Event Coordinator and his/her assigned officials shall inspect the gear at the staging area prior to the competition and the start area for compliance. The sport coordinator has the authority to disallow any equipment in the compliance. Competitors not able to secure approved equipment will be disqualified.
The turnout gear being used by competitors in the event must be freshly laundered and must NOT be contaminated or dirty. If contaminated gear is brought to the event the competitor will NOT be permitted to participate.


Teams and individuals fundraising are done through the Gofundraise website:
When you register for the event you set up a fundraising page that you can share with your friends and family via Facebook, instagram, email, twitter etc.

To take it one step further, we will be sending out fundraising packs with collection buckets, business cards which you can personalise for your team, and some other promotional materials.

Everyone is racing to the top of the tower, but the real race is against Motor Neurone Disease. In its first year 160 Firefighters raised over $180,000 for MND, in its second year 446 Firefighters raised over $510,000, and $630,000 from 596 firies was raised in 2017. As a result of this and other fundraising, the Macquarie University MND research team has now been able to begin clinical trials which show promise for halting the disease in some patients.

The bottom line is that money is the only answer to saving these lives, and that’s what we are here to do.


Remember, we are doing an amazing thing for the community and they want to see it. Take as many photos as you can and post them to the below socials, and join the online community around the climb:


Facebook group:




Please post and tag as many of your event shots as you can, but we have been asked not to take photos in the tower. The observation deck is fine, just not on the way up for security reasons.



    The fundraising awards are the most prestigious category, as raising funds to beat Motor Neurone Disease is why the Firefighters Climb for MND exists. Awards are presented to:

  • Highest Fundraising Team. Awarded to the team that has the most funds banked on their fundraising page by midnight the evening before the climb. In 2017 the winner of this award was the Team Zulu with $37,793.
  • Best Individual Fundraiser. Awarded to the individual who has the most funds banked on their fundraising page by midnight the evening before the climb. In 2017 the winner of this award was Naomi Cocksedge with $17,837.


  • Fastest team. Awarded to the team who climbs the Sydney Tower Eye with the fastest average time (determined by adding the times of all team members, divided by the number of people in the team)
  • Fastest Individual. Awarded to the person who climbs the Sydney Tower Eye the fastest. In 2017 Jeremy Crumblin took out this award with a time of 10min14sec.
  • Fastest over 45. Awarded to the person aged 46 or over who climbs the tower the fastest. To qualify for this category you must have turned 46 before the day of the climb.
  • Fastest in boots. Awarded to the person who climbs the tower the fastest wearing structural firefighting boots. To qualify for this category you must have selected yes to the question on the registration form that asks whether you will be completing the climb in boots. Note: Climbing in boots in optional, sneakers are also permitted.

The team at the Firefighters Climb for MND can’t thank you enough for taking part in this. This event is making a difference in people’s lives, giving hope, and giving firies the opportunity to showcase what they can do when it’s required of them. It’s a tough challenge, and brilliant cause.

From all of us,
Thank you!