Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Honor our firefighters with a day of fun

Fire Services Appreciation Day set for June 25

Express Staff Writer

How can we show our appreciation for local firefighters? We take time to join them on Saturday, June 25, at the seventh annual Fire Services Appreciation Day at Sun Valley's Festival Meadow, adjacent to Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church in Sun Valley. The event is scheduled to run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.

Events will include a car extrication demonstration, aerial tower rides, a tour of the Air St. Luke's helicopter, public fire-extinguisher training, tug-of-war in the mud, water ball for kids, home health-and-safety handouts, games and a kids activity of "stop, drop and roll" with firefighters.

The day will also include a visit from Smokey Bear and a free barbecue for attendees. In addition, the host of activities will include the first Fight to Survive Fundraiser for wounded warriors at the Festival Meadow from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


People can come watch participants or join in the competition. The event will benefit Sun Valley Adaptive Sports Higher Ground programs for wounded veterans. A 20-minute workout and fundraiser will include carrying three sandbags 10 yards to a 7-foot wall, where the bags must be thrown over the wall and the sandbag carrier must climb over the wall, too. Once over the wall, competitors must complete as many rounds as possible of five dead lifts, 10 "bar-jump burpees" and 15 "box jumps." Several different weight classes, from 20- to 60-pound sandbags, which include higher weights for deadlift and taller box jumps, will be offered for the event. There will be two divisions for each weight class—a "fitness division" in which athletes wear regular exercise gear and a "duty division" in which they wear their work gear. Prizes will be awarded to men and women in each weight class and division.

To register for Fight to Survive competition, call 720-7717, visit or stop by a local exercise facility. Registration is $25 and includes an event T-shirt.

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