‘Hero Games’ puts Hampton Roads first responders to the test

Posted at 6:43 AM, Oct 05, 2016

First responders from all across Hampton Roads are getting together to compete in the first ever Hero Games.

It's a three day competition created to spark a little friendly competition among the different departments.

It also gives the public a chance to see them in action and compete alongside them.

"These are the men and women who take care of us so we wanted to take care of them," says Lauren Bland with the Hampton Roads Sports Commission. "We wanted to put together a week long event for them to build morale have fun and have some competitive flare with their men and women in uniform."

The games start Wednesday with the Firefighter Challenge, one of us right events during the competition.

The Hero Games will also raise money for Vigiliant Watch, a local first responder charity.

All fire, law enforcement and EMS employees along with their families and retirees are invited to participate.

"I think with any public safety organization you work in, its all about the brother and sisterhood and camaraderie," says Billy Reynolds the Battalion Chief at the Virginia Beach Training Center. "It’s a chance to bring us all together talk a little bit of game, compete against one another and see whos got the skills."

All the events are free and open to the public. For a full schedule of events, check out their website.