Hero’s Haul Fire Truck Pull: How You Can Be a Hero
Are you looking for a fun and competitive activity to do with your friends, family or coworkers? Do you think that together you are strong enough to pull a fire truck? If so, compete in the very first HERO’S HAUL Fire Truck Pull. Not only will you get to show off your strength, but all proceeds will be used to provide a new winter coat for a Pittsburgh child living in poverty.
Operation Warm will be partnering with the Pittsburgh Fire Department to host the event outside of Penn Brewery in Pittsburgh, PA. The competition will raise awareness and funds for the Firefighters for Operation Warm program in Pittsburgh.
Through the program Firefighters around the region provide children in need with brand new winter coats. An alarming 30 percent of children in Pittsburgh are living below the poverty line. New winter coats provide children with warmth and confidence, allowing them to go to school and play through the winter season.
The competition is open to any team of 10 adults: Firefighters, first responders, Crossfit athletes, and more. Participants will compete to see who can pull a fire truck 75 feet the fastest. Along with the fire truck pull, there will be a festival with food trucks and local community organizations. There will also be activities for children, creating an atmosphere for family fun. The event will take place in North Shore, parking lot #1 of Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA.
Since 2012, Pittsburgh firefighters IAFF Local 1, has provided 8,000 brand new winter coats to children living in the region, though the Firefighters for Operation Warm program. The program’s success has been supported by many local Pittsburgh residents and businesses.
The need in Pittsburgh, like the rest of the country, continues to grow. One of the main ways that Operation Warm identifies children in need of winter coats is through the free or reduced lunch program. Over the past five years alone, the number of children in Pittsburgh who are eligible for the free and reduced lunch program has increased by 29 percent.
All the proceeds raised through the fire truck pull will benefit the Firefighters for Operation Warm annual coat giveaway events in Pittsburgh. As a result of this event, many children will receive a brand new coat and so much more. They will be empowered to face the cold temperatures throughout the city of Pittsburgh, and they will be able to stay active and play outside during the cold weather.
The Pittsburgh fire truck pull will be the first of four fire truck pulls coming up this year. They will also take place in Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Milwaukee and Wilmington. To find out more check out the Hero’s Haul Firetruck Pull website.
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