SBD Fest 2016, scheduled for September 10, 2016, is proud to announce the SB Strong 757 Plane Pull event benefitting San Bernardino Police, Sheriff and Fire services for the critical role they played in protecting the community on December 2nd. The SB Strong Plane Pull is a team competition with a fire department team and a law enforcement team facing off to see which has the strength, stamina and endurance to pull a 757 aircraft the farthest in 2 minutes.
On the eve of the 15th Anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center, three New York City Firefighters and three New York City Police Officers volunteered to head west and join the SB Strong Plane Pull teams to illustrate coast-to-cost solidarity in the Nations fight against terror.
“We feel that it is important to develop friendships and connections that will help us learn from each other’s misfortunes.” Stated Lieutenant Patrick Mulcahy of the New York City Police Department. “The events that occurred in San Bernardino were felt by all of us in New York City and we are happy to do anything we can to help the community heal.”
Donations toward the SB Plane Pull will be made by individuals through a dedicated Strong Plane Pull website. Donors can select a dollar amount per foot pulled, or contribute a flat amount. Working with representatives from Police, Sheriff and Fire Departments, three non-profit organizations have been identified to receive the raised funds to be used in a manner that will directly benefit their associated departments.
- San Bernardino Police Foundation – Working with Chief Burgeon, the mission of the SB Police Foundation is to enhance public safety by supporting and funding safety, technology, and crime fighting and community programs.
- San Bernardino County Firefighters’ Association – The SBCoFFA provides support for many community and fire service benefits including monetary assistance in case of tragedy to a member; both safety and non-safety, from chief to ambulance operator.
- San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Volunteer Administrative Support Unit – 1,899 volunteers donate their time every day to 106 units within the SB County Sheriff’s Department. Ranging in age from 14 – 86, funds raised through the SB Strong Plane Pull will benefit all Department volunteers.
San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan presented the Plane Pull concept to SBD Airport staff in the spring. “I think this is a great event that can bring our community together in a positive way, raise awareness and money for some valuable programs that benefit local public safety and of course reinforce that competitive spirit that exist within the law enforcement and fire industry cultures.” Said Burguan.
The SBD Fest is a one day event that will include aerobatic performances by the Patriots Jet Team, a country music concert featuring Thompson Square presented by CBS Radio Station K-FROG 95.1, military aircraft and vehicles, and a car and motorcycle show. Families can also enjoy a kid’s zone, food trucks, cold beer, and a variety of vendors and sponsors.
The inaugural SBD Fest drew over 10,000 attendees in 2015. “Many of our attendees last year shared stories about being stationed at Norton AFB, some having helped to coordinate the air shows our community fondly remember,” says Mark Gibbs, Director of Aviation for SBD International Airport.
For tickets and more information or to learn how to participate in SBD Fest, visit www.sbdfest.com.