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

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

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June 20, 2014, 5:32 PM
PHOTO: "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.

In the event of a tie, the two (2) Finalist Teams will participate in a tie breaker round where a question will be asked. The Finalist Team to give the correct answer to the question will be deemed to have the higher score that day and that Finalist Team’s qualified fire department will be announced as the Winner. Final determination of the Winner is always conditional on verification of eligibility and compliance with all rules and procedures.

In addition, viewers will also be asked to vote for their favorite among the Firehouse Recipes submitted by the two (2) remaining Finalist Teams. Voting will be open from 9 A.M. ET on the first day of the competition and will close at 8:30 A.M. ET on the second day of the competition. The fire department of the Finalist receiving the most votes for its recipe will be declared the Firehouse Recipe Winner (“Firehouse Recipe Winner”).

In the event a Semi-Finalist, Finalist, Finalist Team or Winner is deemed ineligible or fails to comply with contest procedures, is not available to participate as specified, or becomes unable to completely fulfill all aspects of the Contest, then the first runner-up in each category will be selected to participate, time permitting, or Sponsors reserve the right to terminate the contest at their discretion.

Prizes: The Firehouse Recipe Winner will receive: A $200 pre-paid gift card.

One Grand Prize Winner fire department will receive: $10,000 from Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

Approximate Total Retail Value of “GMA’s 5 Alarm Firefighters Challenge” Contest Prize Package is $10,200.00

Final actual retail value may be considerably higher or lower depending on the final elements that will comprise “GMA’s (contest name) Contest Prize Package.

Winner is responsible for paying any taxes, if applicable. The Winner must provide a validly completed IRS Form W-9 and proof of tax-exempt status to the Sponsors prior to receiving the prizes. An IRS Form 1099 reflecting the final actual value of any prize valued at $600 or more, if required by law, will be issued to the Winner. The award of the Grand Prize is subject to applicable withholding requirements.

All elements used to fulfill the Winner’s prize package will be determined at the sole discretion of the Sponsor and prize providers. Winners are not entitled to exchange or transfer prizes or to obtain cash or other substitutes, but Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may substitute prizes of equal or greater value.

All expenses not specifically provided for herein are the winner’s sole responsibility. Some restrictions may apply.

The Winner may be featured in videotaped and/or live broadcast segments on Good Morning America, as determined by the Sponsors. All videotape and live production will be determined at the sole discretion of the Sponsors.

Any appearance on Good Morning America is subject to availability. Sponsors are not responsible for cancellation or preemption of show or for other circumstances that make it impractical or impossible to fulfill this element of the prize. The appearance portion of the prize has no approximate retail value and if it becomes impractical or impossible to fulfill this or any element, Sponsors’ only obligation will be to provide the remainder of prize, if any.

Releases: By participating, Entrants, Semi-Finalists, Finalists, Finalist Teams and Winner agree to be bound by these official rules and the decisions of the Sponsors/Judges, which shall be final in all respects. By entering the Contest, Entrants, Semi-Finalists, Finalists, Finalist Teams and Winner agree to execute in a timely manner and by any deadline set by Sponsors any and all paperwork requested by the Sponsors which may include, but is not limited to, background checks and any release forms, prior to any on-line or on air appearance of Entrants, Semi-Finalists, Finalists, Finalist Teams and Winner participating in the videotaped or live broadcast, or use of their submissions or related materials.All submissions will become the sole property of the Sponsors, which may reprint or otherwise exploit the entries in any manner, in any media, worldwide, in perpetuity. Entrants, Semi-Finalists, Finalists, Finalist Teams and Winner may be required to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility, release and indemnification within seven days of notification of winning. By participating in this contest, Entrants, Semi-Finalists, Finalists, Finalist Teams and Winner agree to release, defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the Sponsors, their parent, subsidiaries, and affiliated companies, sponsoring, advertising and promotion agencies and prize suppliers, licensees, and each of their respective officers, directors, agents, representatives and employees, as well as each of their respective successors, representatives and assigns (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from including, but not limited to, any and all actions, complaints, claims, injuries, liabilities, fees (including reasonable attorney’s fees), royalties, costs, losses or damages arising in any manner, directly or indirectly, by whomever or wherever asserted, from a.) Entrants’, Semi-Finalists’, Finalists’, Finalist Teams’ and Winner’s participation in the contest, b.) Sponsors’ exercise of the rights granted herein and/or c.) the acceptance, use or misuse of any prize or portion of any prize. Sponsors are not obligated to use any of the above mentioned information or materials, but may do so and may edit such information or materials, at Sponsors’ sole discretion, without further obligation or compensation to the Entrants, Semi-Finalists, Finalists, Finalist Teams, Winner, or any other affiliated party.

By submitting materials hereunder and accepting the prize if chosen as the Winner, you hereby grant to the Sponsors, their parents, subsidiaries, licensees and affiliated companies, and each of their respective officers, directors, agents, servants, representatives, shareholders and employees, as well as each of their respective successors, representatives and assignees the exclusive right to use and distribute your submission, as well as your likeness, picture, voice, name and biographical material (all such materials are sometimes collectively referred to as the “Materials”) in any and all manner, methods, formats and media now known or hereafter created, including without limitation, all forms of television, radio, internet, cable, satellite, wireless applications, home video products and devices, etc., in connection with the Contest, the Production, and/or ABC’s programming, and in all advertising and promotion for the foregoing, throughout the universe, in perpetuity.Entrants, Semi-Finalists, Finalists, Finalist Teams and Winners acknowledge that any entry materials may be included and/or discussed in a broadcast, that such discussion may include statements or opinions by the broadcast talent or others about the Entrants, Semi-Finalists, Finalists, Finalist Teams and the Winners, their appearances and/or the materials, and that those statements and opinions may be considered surprising, humiliating, embarrassing, derogatory, defamatory or otherwise offensive or injurious to them, Sponsors’ employees, their studio or at-home audience and/or other third parties. Entrants, Semi-Finalists, Finalists, Finalist Teams and Winners release the Released Parties from any actions, claims, injury, loss or damage allegedly caused, directly or indirectly, by any such statements or opinions made during a broadcast.

Sponsors are not responsible for failed, partial or garbled computer transmissions, or for technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to electronic malfunction or damage of any network, hardware or software. If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or other causes that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the contest, Sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest. No responsibility is assumed for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries; or any problems or technical malfunctions of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail or electronic entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web-site, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participation in or downloading any materials from this contest. In the event of a dispute over an electronic entry, prize will be awarded to the owner of the e-mail account, not the name on the entry form.

To claim prize: (a) Winner must provide proof of age, identity, residency, and proof that he or she is a professional or volunteer fire fighter; (b) Entrants, Semi-Finalists, Finalists, Finalist Teams and Winners must sign and return affidavit of eligibility/compliance with rules, publicity/liability release and indemnification, and (c) Entrants, Semi-Finalists, Finalists, Finalist Teams and Winners must also agree to complete and submit any additional releases, indemnifications and other requisite paperwork as specified at the discretion of the Sponsors, all within the time period specified by Sponsors.

Miscellaneous; Winner Posting:

Void where prohibited. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process and to cancel, terminate, modify and/or suspend the contest in the event of tampering or other circumstances, including but not limited to acts of God or civil disturbance that render it impractical or impossible to complete or fulfill the contest as originally planned.Official rules will be posted on; For a winner's list, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: “GMA’S 5 ALARM FIREFIGHTERS CHALLENGE”, c/o ABC News, Room 616, 7 West 66th Street, New York, New York, 10023, by July 30, 2014.

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