Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


New York firefighters to join Kiwis

New York firefighters to join Kiwis for Sky Tower memorial climb on 9/11

Two prominent New York firefighters, who were part of the emergency response team for the World Trade Centre attack, will be joined by more than 170 firefighters to take part in a Memorial Firefighter Stair Climb at SKYCITY on Friday 11 September.

The climb is in remembrance of all firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty, with 9/11 being the most significant day world-wide for those working in the fire service, when the New York Fire Department lost 343 firefighters. The names of 56 Kiwi firefighters lost in the line of duty will also be read out as the participants get ready to climb the stairs of the Sky Tower for the memorial.

Firefighters Robert J Strong and Steven San Filippo played key roles in search and rescue operations at ‘Ground Zero’, and are in New Zealand to share their experiences with local emergency response teams.

Event organiser and firefighter, Tony Scott, from Auckland Airport Rescue Fire Service says he started the memorial climb following the 2009 coolstore fire in Tamihere, Hamilton, where several firefighters lost their lives. This is the first time the event has been held at the Sky Tower.

“To have these firefighters from one of the most challenging emergency response operations of our time here sharing their experience is incredible; we’re honoured to be climbing the Sky Tower alongside these men.”

Mr Scott has been working with SKYCITY Auckland since the first Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge, an annual event to raise funds for Leukaemia Blood Cancer NZ. This year the Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge raised more than $1 million for the charity.

SKYCITY Auckland Assistant General Manager Matthew Ballesty says SKYCITY has had a long association with the New Zealand Fire Service, having supported the Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge for 12 years.

“The Sky Tower is such an iconic symbol for Auckland, as was the World Trade Centre for New York. It’s a great privilege to welcome these firefighters to Auckland and take time to acknowledge the essential service firefighters provide to communities world-wide.”

United States Ambassador to New Zealand, Mark Gilbert, says the fire service has a strong sense of camaraderie worldwide.

"The memorial climb is a meaningful way to remember the victims, and to honour the heroes who responded that day and every day," says the Ambassador.

The visiting New York firefighters were sponsored by the United States Embassy.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why Big Spenders Are Not Our Tourism Salvation

Covid and climate change have been changing the face of tourism. That’s why it seemed oddly premature last week for Tourism Minister Stuart to announce that New Zealand isn’t interested in mass tourism any more, or in attracting the sort of budget visitors who “travel around our country on $10 a day eating two-minute noodles.” Instead, New Zealand aims to focus its marketing efforts on attracting wealthy, big spending tourists. “In terms of targeting our marketing spin,” Nash said, “it is unashamedly going to be at … High-quality tourists.” Really? The comments have raised a few eyebrows overseas, and a few hackles here at home. Nash’s comments have also been something of a gift to an Opposition adept at portraying the Ardern government as a bunch of liberal elitists out of touch with ordinary people...


National: Surgical Wait List Hits New Record
A new record has been set for New Zealanders waiting more than four months for surgery, National’s Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says... More>>

School Strike 4 Climate: Intergenerational Climate Strike On September 23rd
Once again School Strike for climate Ōtautahi (Christchurch) is asking all students to unite in a call to all council candidates to #voteclimate. Happening on Friday 23rd of September... More>>

Privacy Commissioner: Public Input Sought To Inform Privacy Rules For Biometrics
Privacy Commissioner Michael Webster is encouraging New Zealanders to have their say on the use of biometric information in Aotearoa New Zealand... More>>

Government: Wage Growth Best On Record
Workers’ have experienced their biggest pay hike on record, outstripping inflation. Stats NZ figures show median weekly earnings from wages and salaries jumped by 8.8 percent in the June year... More>>

Human Rights Commission: Urgent Government Action Needed To Support Renters’ Human Rights
An immediate freeze on rent increases could give renters some reprieve during the cost-of-living crisis says Te Kahui Tika Tangata, the Human Rights Commission... More>>

Government: Creating Sustainable Public Transport For All
Workers and public transport users are at the heart of the new Sustainable Public Transport Framework, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today... More>>




InfoPages News Channels