BRADENTON, Fla. -- Lately, when firefighters from Southern Manatee Fire and Rescue aren’t saving lives, they have been dancing. And they made their national debut doing that on national TV Friday morning.
Southern Manatee Fire Rescue is one of several fire department finalists from around the country in the Good Morning America 5-Alarm Firefighter Challenge. Competing departments were asked to film a music video in which they lip-sync to the song “Safe and Sound.” Southern Manatee Fire and Rescue's video aired Friday morning on GMA and are going head to head with Gulf Shores Fire Rescue from Alabama.
The department with the most on line votes between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. will move on to the finals.
“We have a serious job but we also, behind closed doors, we like to have fun and this is just our personality now out in the open,” says firefighter Rich Gatanis.
“We are the only team from Florida so the state of Florida needs to be voting for us,” said Chief Brian Gorski.
“If we win that head to head, they are going to send three of us to New York to compete live on Good Morning America,” says Gatanis, who shot and edited the video.
The winning department will also receive $10,000.
Voting is now open until 3pm at https://gma.yahoo.com/. The poll is in the right hand column on that page.