Virginia Firefighter Games come to Short Pump Saturday

Witness our first responders compete while enduring real-life situations they encounter on the job every day.

Firefighters from across Virginia will gather to compete for bragging rights at the Third Annual Virginia Firefighter Games on Saturday, April 18th.

The free event will be held at Short Pump Town Center–in the parking area near Dick’s Sporting Goods and Macy’s, more specificall–from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Activities will go on rain or shine.

It’s definitely always a sight to see, as firefighters will compete in a variety of challenges that replicate real-life emergency situations, including climbing a four-story tower in full gear, and simulated victim rescues. And don’t forget to bring the kids, because surrounding the course will be a family-oriented festival focused on first responders.

Competition categories include both team and individual relays on a course that duplicates emergencies. Contestants will climb four flights of stairs while carrying a 42-pound fire hose, then sprint while dragging a pressurized hose which is discharged at a target to simulate breaking down walls, then complete a rescue by dragging a 175-pound mannequin down a 100-foot escape route. And they’ll do it all while wearing full firefighting gear and racing against the clock.

In addition to watching the competitions, visitors can watch firefighters put out real fires, explore more than 25 other emergency vehicles, attend safety demonstrations and observe demonstrations such as rappelling from truck ladders and watch first responders use the life- saving Jaws of Life.

There also will be live music, food, a children’s play area featuring inflatables games, Virginia Blood Services’ Bloodmobile and child car safety checks by certified inspectors.

Last year’s event attracted more than 7,500 guests.

For more information, visit the event website.

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Trevor Dickerson

Trevor Dickerson loves all things Richmond and manages RVANews’ West of the Boulevard and West End community sites.

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