Seven firefighters are currently registered for the Sept. 7 event, but as many as 10 might participate in the climb, Burton Fire District Engineer John Perry said.
The firefighters will climb the stairs at the Duke Energy Center in downtown Charlotte wearing full gear and air packs, Perry said. Because the Duke Energy Center is less than half the World Trade Center's height at 48 floors, the firefighters will walk to the top of the skyscraper, take a service elevator to the ground floor, and walk the tower's stairs again, Perry said.
Perry said many of the firefighters registered for the event after Engineer Chris Lewis and Assistant Chief Jim Still signed up for it early last month.
To raise money for the National Fallen Firefighters Association, the firefighters participating in the event will host an event at Buffalo Wild Wings in Beaufort on Saturday.
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the firefighters will lead a demonstration outside the restaurant where customers can try on firefighting gear and breathe through the air packs, Perry said.
Plans originally called for customers to try their hand at walking the stairs on a stair machine, but injury liability concerns caused the firefighters to drop the idea. Instead, the firefighters participating in the stair climb will use the machine in shifts during the duration of the event, Perry said.
Through the chain's "Eat Wings, Raise Funds" program, Buffalo Wild Wings will donate 10 percent of receipts for customers who mention the fundraiser to staff, co-manager Linda Ellison said.
Ellison said Perry was helpful in building community outreach for the relatively new restaurant, which celebrated its first anniversary in early July with a Burton firetruck on hand.
Perry and Buffalo Wild Wings first linked up when the restaurant held a fundraiser for Battery Creek High School's boys soccer program, which Perry has coached for the past nine years, Ellison said.