Safety workers to battle at Saturday event

Tia Lynn Ivey Community

You won’t want to miss the 1st Annual Public Safety Competition, Guns N’ Hoses, on this Saturday, April 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

All local public safety agencies will compete in a friendly series of games as friends, family and community members cheer them on! The proceeds will be donated to Code Green Campaign, an organization designed to help public safety officers affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Officers and other public safety personnel will square off against each other in a cornhole tournament, a game of pistol poker, a shotgun shootout contest, an obstacle course race, a basketball free throw challenge, a rescue drag, a tug-of-war showdown, and a 100-yard chip shot test.

“The event competition was an idea that myself and several of the other public safety agency guys came up with. The name ‘Guns N’ Hoses’ is actually used quite frequently around the country.  Other Departments and Communities actually have their competitions that last for several weeks,” said Morgan County Fire Chief Jeff Stone.  “The idea of Code Green came about during our initial planning meeting when we discussed the need for a charitable organization that would benefit all the various public safety agencies.  After discussion, we were able to research and found the Code Green Campaign.  Code Green was created to help provide support to ALL public safety groups across the nation.  The concern and growing issue with PTSD, anxiety, mental depression, and a vast number of other issues that we as public safety personnel deal with on a daily basis.  The dangers, the terror, and the gruesome things that we see and respond to often can take quite a toll a person mentally and physically.  Having a group that can help bring awareness as well as support to those in the public safety field is great step to help combat the many sites and scenes we come in contact with.”

Saturday’s games will feature food and other sources of entertainment. There will be fun for the entire family, including bouncy houses, face painting, and a dunking booth.

There will also be helicopters, fire trucks, police cars and an ambulance on display for families to tour.  A $5 lunch will be available: Hamburger or two hotdogs, with chips and a drink.

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