Media Advisory: PBR Bucking Bull Faces off Against Seattle Fire Department

America’s original extreme sport, the PBR (Professional Bull Riders), will return to Tacoma, WA April 22-23 at the Tacoma Dome. The Top 35 bull riders in the world will confront the world’s most fearsome bucking bulls in an action-packed two-day event filled with thrilling 8-second rides and heart-stopping wrecks.

To heat up the weekend’s activities, one of the rankest bulls in the sport will hit the scales to measure up against local Seattle heroes to see who the real heavyweight is.

Seattle Firefighters are used to competing in the Firefighter Combat Challenge, a grueling, five-event course, where in full gear, members complete the skill-sets in the lowest time they can. Firefighters will demonstrate the challenge and then explain the course to PBR participants.

The course includes:
• High-Rise Pack Carry – carry a 42-pound hose bundle up 4 floors. Hose Hoist – lift a 42-pound hose bundle up 4 floors with a rope. Forcible Entry – use an axe simulator to move a 160-pound beam 5 feet. Hose Advance – stretch a charged hose line 75 feet. Victim Rescue – drag a 175-pound mannequin 75 feet.

As the PBR’s elite Built Ford Tough Series visits 20 U.S. states this year, the season-long Celebrate America tour is a vow and promise from the organization to support local charitable causes, honor community heroes like those at Seattle Fire, and inspire youth across the nation.

This event is open to all media.

PBR Rider – Matt Triplett
PBR Announcer – Matt West
Members of Seattle Fire

Friday, April 21, 2017
10 a.m. – Training Visuals
11 a.m. – Bull weigh-in
*Please arrive at 9:45 a.m. to facilitate parking behind gate.

Seattle Fire Department – Joint Training Facility
9401 Myers Way S
Seattle, WA 98108

For questions, or to send a camera, please contact:, 206-250-1892
Dana Gifford,, 702-219-0530

About the PBR (Professional Bull Riders)
The world’s premier bull riding organization began as a dream of 20 bull riders 24 years ago and is now a global sports phenomenon. On its elite Built Ford Tough Series, the PBR features the Top 35 bull riders in the world and the top bulls in the business. The televised PBR Built Ford Tough Series, the PBR Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour, the PBR Touring Pro Division and the PBR’s international circuits in Australia, Brazil, Canada and Mexico have paid more than $150 million in earnings to its athletes. Thirty bull riders have earned more than $1 million, including two-time PBR World Champion J.B. Mauney who has become the top-earning athlete in Western sports history with more than $7 million in career earnings. In May 2015, PBR was acquired by WME | IMG, a global leader in entertainment, sports and fashion. For more information on the PBR, go to, or follow on Facebook at, Twitter at, and YouTube at

About the Seattle Fire Department
The Seattle Fire Department provides emergency medical care and fire suppression services to the community of Seattle through 33 fire stations strategically placed throughout the city. In 2016, SFD responded to more than 97,000 incidents. The department’s mission is to minimize the loss of life and property resulting from fires, medical emergencies and other disasters. Additional information about the Seattle Fire Department can be found at