Good Morning America 5-Alarm Firefighters Challenge | Official Contest Rules

Good Morning America 5-Alarm Firefighters Challenge | Official Contest Rules

ByABC News via logo
June 20, 2014, 5:32 PM
"Good Morning America" wants to see you and your fellow firefighters in action!
"Good Morning America" wants to see you and your fellow firefighters in action!
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Contest sponsored by Good Morning America ("GMA") and American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. (“ABC”), (collectively, the "Sponsors").

Entrants, Semi-Finalists, Finalists, Finalist Teams and Winners of “GMA’S 5 ALARM FIREFIGHTERS CHALLENGE (“Contest”) must be currently legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States or the District of Columbia, 18 (eighteen) years old or older and current professional or volunteer firefighters. Entrant is submitting entry on behalf of his/her fire department, which must be tax-exempt from all federal, state and local taxes. Finalist Teams must be available to travel to New York City to compete in physical, skill-based and/or knowledge-based competitions on “Good Morning America” on or about July 13 - 18, 2014.

Any individuals (including but not limited to employees, consultants, independent contractors, and interns) who have, within the past six months, performed services for the Sponsors, any organizations responsible for sponsoring, fulfilling, administering, advertising or promoting the Contest or supplying the prizes, and their respective parent, subsidiary, affiliated and successor companies, and immediate family and household members of such individuals, are not eligible to enter or win. "Immediate family members" shall mean parents, step-parents, children, step-children, siblings, step-siblings, or spouses. "Household members" shall mean people who share the same residence at least three months a year.

Contest Entry: “GMA’S 5 ALARM FIREFIGHTERS CHALLENGE” (“Contest”) entry period begins 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time ("ET") on June 20, 2014 and ends at 3 p.m. ET on July 4, 2014 (the "Contest Period"). Sponsors’ computer is the official clock for this Contest.

To enter, navigate the Internet to and click on the link for “GMA’S 5 ALARM FIREFIGHTERS CHALLENGE” which will take you to the Contest home page. There you will find instructions on the appropriate and acceptable file formats and sizes for submitting your entry electronically.

Submit a video up to two minutes in length of you and your fellow firefighters’ own interpretation of any portion of the following song: “Safe and Sound” as recorded by Capital Cities. You MUST use the audio recording of this song in your submission. You are prohibited from using any other music, songs, melodies, recordings, or lyrics in your videotaped entry.

All participants featured prominently in the video must be professional or volunteer firefighters. They may belong to different fire houses or stations, but must all belong to the same city or town’s department. There is no limit to the number of firefighters from the same department who may appear in the video. You may also include additional participants in the video, including members of the community you serve.

Fire departments may submit more than one video, but each firefighter may only participate in one video.

Submissions may include singing or lip synching to the song. You may ONLY (a) lip synch silently to the music or (b) sing along to the music. Any variation from or violation of this rule shall result in disqualification of the entry.

Submissions may also include dancing or other types of performance.

Included in your submission must also be a brief essay, up to a maximum of 200 words that describes what your fire department or fire house is most proud of, and how your fire department would spend the prize money. You must also include a photo of the firefighters in your video.

You warrant and represent that, other than “Safe and Sound,” all of the Materials submitted by you are original to you (and not based on or derived from any other materials), that you own all necessary rights in and to the Materials (with the exception of the rights to the song as detailed above) which are fully transferable, and that you are not subject to any recording agreement, production agreement, union or guild agreement, or any similar agreement which would interfere with your ability to enter into this Contest or grant all of the rights to be provided hereunder. Accordingly, you further warrant and represent that you have the right to enter into this agreement and grant the rights hereunder without the need for permission from or payment to any other party and the exercise of the rights set forth herein [and in the Contest Rules] by the Sponsors will not violate any third party rights and will not violate any contractual obligations or confidential relationships which you may have to or with any third party.

Any entries submitted with inappropriate or offensive content will be immediately disqualified. No entry may be submitted in any other contest or promotion.

Upon submission, you will see a thank you message on your screen indicating that you have successfully entered. You will not receive a further acknowledgement. Free internet access is available at most public libraries.

Incomplete entries will be disqualified. Proof of entering information at the Contest website or registration form is not considered proof of delivery to or receipt by Sponsors of such entry. Personal information collected in connection with this Contest will be used in accordance with’s privacy policy, available at

Limit one (1) Entry per person, per email address. Entries submitted from any person or email address in excess of the stated limitation will be void.

You may be asked to consent to receive promotional e-mails and reminders from the WDIG Family of Sites or from third parties. Consenting to receive promotional or reminder e-mails is optional, does not have to be agreed upon in order to be eligible to enter the Contest and does not improve your chances of winning. In the event you do consent to receive these e-mails, the use of such e-mails shall be subject to the privacy policy of or the designated promotional partner, depending upon which promotions you consent to receive, and you may opt out of receiving these e-mails at any time. For's complete privacy policy, direct your Internet browser to

Judging Procedure, Notification and Finalists Judging:

Eligible entries will be judged on the basis of creativity, on-air appeal, “wow” factor, originality and feasibility of participating in live segments on “Good Morning America” during the week of July 14–18, 2014. As part of the judging process, the judges may request additional pre-interviews, photos and/or videos to use during the judging process. Decisions of the judges are final as to all contest-related matters.

In the event of a tie, the entry with the highest score in the creativity category will be declared a Semi-Finalist.

Approximately nine (9) entries will be chosen as Semi-Finalists (Semi-Finalist). For three (3) days, from on or about July 9–July 11, 2014, at least two (2) of the Semi-Finalists videos will be broadcast each day on “Good Morning America”. Viewers will be asked to vote at that day for their favorite video among the Semi-Finalists’ videos broadcast that morning. Voting shall begin at 8:00 A.M. ET each of those three (3) days and will remain open until 3:00 P.M. ET each day.

The entry which receives the most votes from viewers each day will be declared a Finalist (“Finalist”). Finalists will be announced on the following weekday broadcast of “Good Morning America” and will be notified by Sponsors within twenty-four (24) hours after voting is closed. There will be a total of three (3) Finalists.

After being selected as a Finalist, each Finalist must be available for possible taping of a segment for broadcast on “Good Morning America”. Each of the three (3) Finalists must also provide “Good Morning America” with its favorite firehouse recipe. Only original recipes are eligible.

Each Finalist must designate three (3) members from its video to form its Finalist Team (“Finalist Team”).

The three (3) Finalist Teams must be available to travel to New York City to compete on “Good Morning America” sometime between July 14 - 18, 2014.

During the week of July 14 – 18, 2014, on two (2) broadcasts of “Good Morning America”, the Finalist Teams will compete against each other in physical, skill-based and/or knowledge-based competitions to attempt to score the highest number of points (“Competition Score”) as explained to the contestants by the producers and/or judges on the day of a respective broadcast. Decisions of the judges are final as to all contest-related matters. Before participating, all members of each Finalist Team must sign releases indicating that they are able to compete in physical challenges.

On the first day’s competition, all three (3) Finalist Teams will compete in a physical challenge. Finalist Teams will score points based on their successful completion of the competition. The Finalist Team with the lowest score will be eliminated during that broadcast.

On the second day of the competition, the remaining two Finalist Teams will compete in a trivia, skill-based and/or physical competition. Finalist Teams will score points based on their successful completion of the competition. The Finalist Team with the lower score will be eliminated during that broadcast.

The qualified fire department of the Finalist Team with the higher score will be declared the Grand Prize Winner (“Winner”). An authorized administrative representative from the winning fire department must acknowledge acceptance of the prize on behalf of the Entrant and the fire department. For the avoidance of doubt, the Entrant who submitted the winning entry is a representative of his or her qualified fire department, and he or she is not eligible to receive a prize in his or her individual or personal capacity.