Gear and Training

It is preferable that participants supply your own full BA set for the event.  Due to the logistics of the event you are only able to use a BA set twice. This means you and one other firefighter may share a set. BA cylinders must arrive at the event full.

Please note: If you indicated on your entry form that you will supply your own BA set there will not be one available on the day. Should you not have your own you will need to notify us well in advance of the event date. Loans sets are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Loan sets

Loan sets will be exchanged for your driver’s licence until the set is returned. Please note that in the event of lost or damaged loan sets you may be held responsible for the costs.

Firefighters in the donned section may climb with empty cylinders.

Flying with your cylinder

If you are flying with your cylinder you will need to ensure that all valves are open. We strongly advise you check with your airline at the time of booking to confirm they will allow you to travel with it.


You will be wearing full firefighter gear that weighs around 25kgs and climbing 1,103 steps. For first-time entrants or those who need to build up their fitness, start as soon as you can. This is a challenging and demanding event and not for the unfit or faint hearted!

We recommend you build up your training over a period of time. You might also wish to seek professional advice from a trainer to set up a programme to cover your specific fitness needs.

It might seem like obvious advice but it’s a good idea to incorporate stair climbing into your training – even a couple of flights can be repeated over and over. Steep hills, sand dunes, rowing and weight training can all be included to build leg strength. Carparks or local stadium are good places to train.

Important tips!

  • We recommend training with weights to replicate the weight of the tank you will be carrying up the Sky Tower. It’s also a good idea to train in a heavy jacket and pants from a few weeks before the event, to help you get you used to the gear you’ll be wearing on the day.
  • Maintain your fluid intake when you train and during the event to avoid dehydration and over-heating.
  • If you have a history of cardiac or lung problems, we advise you to seek medical advice before committing to the event and starting to train.