2nd Annual Firefighter “Sound-Off” Brings Firefighters and Family Entertainment To Orange Park
The Second Annual Firefighter Sound-Off will bring firefighters and families together for a free event Saturday, May 4, from 9:00 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Moosehaven, 1701 Park Avenue, in Orange Park, FL.
The event will feature competitions between elite firefighting teams as well as similar contests between business teams, all vying for this year’s top honors. In addition, there will be a large number of antique and unusual fire trucks, exhibits about firefighting, food, music and rides and activities for the kids. All proceeds will benefit Hoods For Heroes, a Clay County-based national non-profit that raises funds to provide hoods for firefighters. The hoods are specially designed to block the cancer-causing chemicals that firefighters encounter every day.
“One in every three firefighters can expect to be diagnosed with cancer. That’s an epidemic, and we know that chemical-blocking hoods can help lower their risk. Our goal is to provide at least one chemical-blocking hood to every firefighter in the country,” said Bill Hamilton, co-founder of Hoods For Heroes.
In less than a year, Hoods For Heroes has been able to provide more than 1,000 chemical-blocking hoods to firefighters in Clay, St. Johns, Flagler, Duval, and Nassau counties. The organization is currently working with fire departments in Miami and across the US to provide the hoods.
In addition to donating the hoods, Hoods For Heroes has worked with corporate partners to secure free PET scans and other in-kind services for local firefighters.
The “Sound-Off” is a 30-second blast of firetruck alarms and sirens to honor all fallen firefighters. In addition to the Sound-Off, the event will include Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) competitions, which pits highly-trained rescue personnel in a friendly competition of firefighter techniques.
The public will be able to view the competition, as well as participate in the “Firefighter Experience,” a chance to suit up in firefighter gear and go through a short challenge course that simulates the experience of real firefighters. One of the highlights of the day will be the “Firefighter Corporate Challenge,” a competition among teams of local companies completing unique firefighter-based team building exercises.
“This is a tremendous way for anyone to experience the world of the firefighter, while also supporting the efforts to reduce cancer among those heroes,” said Hoods For Heroes CEO and Co-Founder Jeff Rountree. “We have so many things for families to enjoy at the Sound-Off, while we also share information about the risks our firefighter heroes face every day.”
The Sound-Off is presented by First Choice Living Benefits and Cancer Specialists of North Florida. Additional sponsorships have been provided by Columbia Southern University, Orange Park Medical Center, Bichler & Longo, Veridian, Heroes First Home Loans, Navy2Navy, Top-Dog Marine Construction, Ten-8 and MSA The Safety Company, Polar Breeze, East Coast Fire Tactics, BNI Gold Rush, Fire Detox,. Supporting sponsors include SMS Bodyworks, Island Dentistry, Awesome Apparel & ART, Valkaryie Beards, and 3M Realty Group.
Hoods For Heroes extends special thanks to Moosehaven for the beautiful location, Sonny’s BBQ and John Raneiri, Camp Gladiator, Tijuana Flats, Texas Roadhouse, Karate America, Fire-Tec, Fireground Decon Store, Firefighter Rehab, Clay County Fire Rescue, Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Department, City of St. Augustine Fire Department, SPAMFAA, Florida Antique Bucket Brigade, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Jacksonville Sharks, Rugged Glory Axes, Kimberly Morgan, Director of Clay County Tourism & Film, The Chip Site, Bill Banks, Jason Gerona, Jason “Kerr Dog” Kerr and Brad Satcher.
For more information, contact Jeff Rountree at 352.454.7555 or Email info@HoodsForHeroes.org.
About Hoods For Heroes
Hoods For Heroes is a national non-profit with a passion for protecting first responders. Headquartered in Northeast Florida, the organization was founded with the mission of providing life-saving equipment to the men and women of the fire service. The all-volunteer organization raises funds and works with corporate partners to purchase the equipment and distribute it at no charge to first responders. Hoods For Heroes partners with more than 30 fire service-related companies, and provides support, awareness and equipment to reduce the rate of cancer throughout the fire service. For more information, visit www.HoodsForHeroes.org or on Twitter at @Hoodsforheroes.