FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (May 28, 2015) -- Fort Leonard Wood's Directorate of Emergency Services will host the inaugural "First Responder Muster" competition from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 30 on Gammon Field.

"The public is invited to come out and watch as emergency first responders compete in various fun and challenging events designed to increase camaraderie among first responders," said Lloyd Fox, Fort Leonard Wood Fire Department fire chief. "The muster also gives members of the local community a chance to understand more about first response, safety and the people who serve to protect them each and every day."

"Although considered a competition, the events are designed to be fun and slightly challenging for the participants and very entertaining for the crowd," he added. "Wait until you see four grown men competing in the monkey mattress race or getting soaked in the elevated-water-barrel fight, or crawling blindfolded trying to find a dummy."

In addition to the 10 competitive events, food will be available for purchase, and a chili cook-off is planned.

The Fire Prevention team will have their new Sparky Bouncy House along with children's games and activities to keep the kids entertained, Fox added.

Free parking will be available near the parade field, and there will be a designated parking area for emergency vehicles, he said.

An awards presentation for the top three individual, overall and chili cook-off events, will follow the completion of the competition and chili cook-off.

Fox added that a traveling trophy will be presented to the overall winning team.

The competition is open to any member of a Missouri fire department (paid or volunteer) or Missouri police and sheriff's Department, the 92nd Military Police Battalion, Directorate of Emergency Services Law Enforcement, National Guard personnel and General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital medics and emergency personnel, he said.

"If you're considered a first responder, come out and join the fun and be part of a great event," Fox said. "Participants are asked to pre-register teams of four for planning purposes. Individual first responders who want to participate but don't have enough to make a four-person team should pre-register and will be paired up."

To pre-register in the muster or chili cook-off and to obtain event rules, contact the Fort Leonard Wood Fire Department with your team name, organization, phone number and point of contact. A limited number of electrical connections will be available for the chili cook-off, with a limit of one crock pot per organization.

The fire department can be reached by calling 573.596.0131, ext. 62152/64871/63356 or 69267; or email Fox at; Chris Fletcher at; Kevin Curtis at; or Buddy Glover at