Fire Trucks + Copters + Soccer!

Red Aces soccer action on Kelly Field

FireMed is teaming up with Lane United Football Club. At halftime of Lane United’s PDL home opener on May 16 at Willamalane Center, Eugene Springfield firefighters will drop hundreds of soccer balls from the top of their ladder truck to raise money for FireMed’s program services.

“I’m really excited for this!” said Dave Galas, Managing Director for Lane United. “Fire trucks and helicopters bring out the kid in all of us, and for FireMed to get a helicopter and ladder truck out to participate in a halftime fundraiser is going to be special for kids of all ages.”

Honored as “2014 PDL Rookie Franchise of the Year,” Lane United Football Club launched in the Eugene-Springfield area last year. They quickly attracted a loyal fan base that followed them throughout the season.

Fans can purchase FireMed Football Challenge soccer ball drop raffle tickets on Lane United’s website ( for $5. Raffle tickets will also be available for purchase at the event prior to kickoff.

Tickets for home Lane United games are available at Willamalane Center.

Each soccer ball has a number, much like Rotary’s late Duck Race. Firefighters will raise the balls up their ladder and drop them over the north side of Lane United’s home field during halftime. Prizes include FireMed memberships and Lane United game tickets, team signed soccer balls and merchandise. Winners will be announced just before the second half begins.

The event will raise awareness of FireMed, as well as Lane County’s emergency response network that includes Eugene Springfield Fire Department, Lane Fire Authority, and Life Flight Network.

Life Flight Network’s helicopter will fly in and land at an adjacent field. The helicopter will be on display prior to kickoff.

FireMed is an ambulance membership program to provide peace of mind and budget stability to our community. Even with good insurance, the cost of emergency medical transportation can be expensive, but FireMed members pay nothing. More than 33,000 Eugene, Springfield, and rural Lane County households belong to FireMed.

“We live in a special place and are fortunate to enjoy such quality of life,” says Eugene Springfield Fire Chief Randall Groves. “Our emergency response network exists to preserve that.”

Lane United kicks off against the Kitsap Pumas at 7 p.m. The FireMed Football Challenge takes place at halftime.

Proceeds from this event support local emergency services which are not funded by tax dollars.