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Virginia Firefighter Games are Great for Families

Saturday, April 18, 2015, firefighters will compete in both team and individual races, based on real-life rescue techniques using a four-story tower. The third annual event will be held at Short Pump Town Center, in the parking lot between Dick’s Sporting Goods and Macy’s, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (rain or shine). The free family event includes watching participants compete in full firefighting gear and race against the clock in four events:

  1. Stair Climb: carrying a 42-pound fire hose pack up four flights of stairs
  2. Hose Pull: sprinting while dragging a pressurized fire hose
  3. Flowing Water: aiming a hose with 200 gallon-per-minute flow to hit a target
  4. Victim Rescue: dragging a 175-pound mannequin down a 100-foot escape route

Other things to do and see at the games include:

  • Live firefighting demonstrations in a two-story burning building
  • “Jaws of Life” demonstrations
  • 100-foot ladder demonstrations
  • More than 25 fire trucks and other rescue vehicles, all open to participant exploration
  • Drive-Thru Child Car Seat Check by the Virginia Department of Health certified inspectors
  • Virginia Blood Services’ Bloodmobile
  • Firefighters from across Virginia
  • Child’s play area featuring inflatable games
  • Live music, food (for purchase)

Proceeds benefit local youth-focused charities, including Old Dominion Professional Firefighters Burn Foundation and FeedMore. For more information contact James Munsey at

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