Concordia Fire Department to Participate in the Fight for Air Climb

Four members of the Concordia Fire Department will participate in the Fight for Air Climb in Kansas City on Sunday, February 24th.

The Fight for Air Climb is one of the American Lung Association’s signature fundraising events. This year’s climb held at One Kansas City Place offers an opportunity for teams and individuals to challenge themselves by climbing 42 floors and 902 stairs to the top of the building. Over the last several years, Fight for Air Climb events have raised more than $53 million to support the mission of the American Lung Association.

In 2018, the Concordia Fire Department won the team event, while Firefighter and Paramedic Levi Whitley finished first individually in a time of 10 minutes 59 seconds.

Whitley says the event gives them the chance to support those who fight for air everyday when impacted by asthma, COPD, lung cancer, and all lung diseases.

This year, Whitley will be joined by Derek Champlin, Kelsey Larson and Erin Williams with the Concordia Fire Department in raising money to support research, patient education and advocacy efforts by participating in the annual climb.

Larson, a certified yoga instructor, will be teaching a cold yoga flow session on Saturday, February 2nd at the Broadway Plaza in downtown Concordia to raise funds for the climb.

Larson says the community is welcome to join them at 2 pm Saturday for Yeti Yoga with the Concordia Fire Department.

In the line of duty, firefighters may experience occupational exposure to gases, chemicals, particulate, and other substances with potentially damaging short and long term effects on the respiratory system. Previous studies performed during knock-down and overhaul phases show firefighters may incur exposure to toxicants and respiratory tract irritants. There is an increased risk among firefighters of developing acute lung disease during the course of firefighting work. There may also be an increased risk of chronic lung disease in firefighters, however, more research on chronic exposure is needed.

Whitley said they will be honoring those who are affected by lung disease during the climb.

Awards at the climb are given out to the fastest female and male, fastest individual firefighter, and fastest firefighter team.


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