Upcoming event!

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Fri, July 29, 2022 | 9:00a - 7:00p
Sat, July 30, 2022 | 9:30a – 7:00p
Sun, July 31, 2022 | 9:00a – 2:30p

Brought to you by the Grand Rapids Fire Prevention Foundation, this event highlights the various skill sets and talents of firefighters, showcases the importance of health and wellness in first responders, and offers opportunities to promote an inclusive, diverse, and equitable firefighting workforce in Grand Rapids and across the state!  Attendance to the event is FREE!


  • The Firefighter Challenge - Firefighters, in full bunker gear, and civilian athletes compete against the best of the best in their respective divisions! Sign up for the Firefighter Challenge!

  • The Charity Relay Challenge - Companies and non-profits can offer a unique team building experience by running an adjusted course while raising money for the charity of their choice! Sign up for the Charity Relay Challenge!

GRFD Fire Prevention Foundation - 38 La Grave Ave SE Grand Rapids, MI - phone: 616.456.3933


Choosing the GRFD Fire Prevention Foundation as your charity means your contribution will impact the local Grand Rapids community through neighborhood and school public education, smoke alarm programs, and community awareness.

  • The Kid's Challenge Course - Presented by Meijer, ages 5-12 can enjoy a mini, kid-friendly version of the Firefighter Challenge course!

  • Recruitment Booth - Learn what it takes to be a firefighter from local firefighters!  Optionally, sign up for the 'On Course' recruitment experience and select the "Be a Firefighter" for the day of your choice.

  • Fun Family activities - Available on the Calder Plaza, provided by local non-profits!

  • Beer City Beer Tent and Food Trucks - Refreshing and delicious...need more be said?

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Don’t want to compete but still want to get involved?

SIGN UP as a General Volunteer!


SIGN UP to assist with the Firefighter Challenge Course*!

*The Firefighter Challenge Course Setup has certain physical requirements, please read the description for each duty before signing up!

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Information about other GRFD Events:

Recruiting Fairs are held periodically so the public can get information about and assistance with applying for the position of firefighter w/the GRFD.