Inspired by 9/11 first responders, Mobile Fire-Rescue recruits climb RSA Tower

Mobile County

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Mobile Fire-Rescue Recruit Class 20-02 embarked on one of MFRD’s newest traditions — firefighter recruits gather with their classmates at the end of Fire School to make the climb to the roof of the RSA Tower in downtown Mobile.

Following a somber yet inspirational dedication to the first responders of 9/11, the physically grueling and humbling experience allows recruits the opportunity to acknowledge and commemorate the sacrifices of firefighters everywhere. Recruits themselves prepare to walk in the shoes of generations before them and pave the way for generations to follow. Although physically exhausted after reaching the tower roof, standing atop the tallest building at the high point of their recruit training, overlooking all of Mobile, provides a sense of serenity and clarity. With a new perspective, recruits are given a focus on protecting the citizens of Mobile in the careers to follow recruit school.

Mobile Fire-Rescue

If you think it’s exhausting taking the stairs at your job, you should talk to Recruit Class 20-02 of the Mobile Fire-Rescue Department about their week. At the end of each Fire School, one of the last challenges for new recruits is a 37-story climb to the roof of the RSA Tower downtown in their full gear. Our latest group of recruits made the climb on Thursday. On the roof of the tallest building in our City, they can get a better perspective on their role protecting the citizens of Mobile. It’s a tough test, but the men and women of MFRD run headlong into dangerous and physically demanding situations every day.

Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson

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