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Run Hero Rush. Become a Real Hero.

HR-iVF Poster-LRWant a taste of what it’s like to be a real firefighter?

The Erie County Department of Emergency Services, the Erie County Park System and iVolunteerFIRE.org are proud to host: HERO RUSH at Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park on Saturday – June 8, 2013.

Hero Rush is the challenging, tough, crazy, heroic and fear-facing fun 5K+ race with 17+ totally unique firefighter and “hero” themed obstacles, entertainment, food & drink, Kid’s Races and more.

Recruiters representing Erie County’s 94 volunteer fire departments will be on site with our new MRU-Mobile Recruitment Unit to show and tell you about all the great reasons you should join our ranks. There will be fire apparatus, equipment demonstrations and lots of cool things for kids too.

The event will benefit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the Erie County Fire Chiefs Recruitment & Retention Fund, allowing us to sustain our recruitment efforts and success beyond the performance period of the US DHS SAFER grant already in action, which expires April 30, 2013.

Running Hero Rush gives every “wannabe” hero a chance to experience the challenges of being a real firefighter while having a blast doing it. Many of the obstacles simulate things firefighters do every day — in training, on the scene, even in the firehouse. Climb ladders, crawl your way through smokey hallways, slide down poles, race through debris, climb more, get wet, get hosed, carry your victim no matter the obstacles, get lost, crawl through mazes surrounded by screams and sirens — get WETTER, make some saves, do CPR, drag some victims and much more.

Created by firefighters, Hero Rush was recently named “Best Obstacle Race” by Men’s Journal and even features two races for Mini and Junior Heroes. Get pumped for an awesome obstacle & adventure race perfect for friends & family too.

Our goal is to make this the biggest Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment Event ever, so there’s plenty of opportunities for firefighters, first responders and other volunteer groups to get involved in making HeroRush/WNY a huge success:

  • Download and share the Hero Rush/WNY poster
  • Sign up for and run the 343 Wave honoring all of our brother firefighters lost on September 11, 2011. The 343 Wave costs an additional $10 – all of which goes to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Hero Rush will match that $10, for a total donation of $20 per runner in the 343 Wave.
  • Enlist as a Recruiter and help staff our new Volunteer Firefighter MRU-Mobile Recruitment Unit — sharing all the great benefits of being one of Erie County’s Bravest.
  • Sign up to be selected for the Hero Rush Response Team and get a personal promotional discount code you can share with your friends, family, members of your gym, co-workers, college students, firefighters and public safety peeps in your community and more! Get selected for the Response Team and be eligible for lots of cool perks.
  • Bring fire department and EMS apparatus to show off, provide demonstrations and/or distribute recruitment and fire safety information.
  • Run as an individual or create a team when you register and then blast out a link to all your heroic friends so they can sign up to be on your team! Teams are a big part of obstacle events but an even BIGGER part of being a firefighter and first responder, so they fit right in here at Hero Rush.
  • Be a Hero Rush Volunteer, helping out on the course and get a customized Hero Rush Volunteer Crew T-Shirt, lunch and snacks to keep you energized, access to the Inferno Midway, obstacles, food, music and more; and … more fun than anyone should have while working! Organizations who bring a group of 20 or more volunteers are eligible for a donation back to their team. A great opportunity for your Fire Explorer Post or Junior Firefighters!
  • Just be a spectator and cheer on all the Hero Rushers making a difference for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and our ongoing recruitment efforts.

Whether you’re a regular citizen — or a real firefighter — be heroic and help us make Hero Rush a big success for our community and the volunteer fire service. Register today and use the promo code “iVolunteerFIRE” at checkout to save 15%!

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