It is the ultimate face-off! The Billings Police and Billings Fire Department compete in the second annual charity softball game, Guns & Hoses, at Dehler Park in Billings on July 9 with free admission.

The city of Billings’ press release says Sgt. Nate West is in charge of organizing and coordinating the game with the Fire Department. West organized the game last year and wanted to develop a way for both departments to get involved with the community outside of their normal operations. “Chances are, when people see us, someone is having a bad day. This gives them a chance to come out and see we’re ordinary people just like them,” said Sgt. West. 

The proceeds raised at the charity game go directly to the Education Foundation for Billings Public Schools and Kids n Cowboys. The Education Foundation helps to increase student opportunities through philanthropic efforts. Kids n Cowboys is an organization that supports and assists families with children who have cancer. 

A firefighting boot will be passed around at the game collecting donations, and a 50/50 raffle will also happen. Merchandise like adult and kid t-shirts, wrist bands, and temporary tattoos will be available for purchase at the game. Every penny of merchandise funds will be donated to both organizations, thanks to the partnership with Faithful Disaster Restoration. 

“We got involved because they are both donating to two great charities, it’s local, and we’re a local company,” said head of business development at Faithful Disaster Restoration, Dru Brown. “So we wanted to see what we can do to support the firefighters and the police department to move forward with the game, and make this as big and fun as possible for our community.” 

The Faithful Disaster Restoration also bought the game jerseys for the charity game players. Merchandise booths will be at the event, and purchases can also be sent to the Faithful Disaster Relief office at 526 Moore Lane in Billings, Montana, starting Wednesday, June 29. Following the charity event is a Mustangs game. Tickets must be purchased if individuals want to watch the baseball game.  

The Billings Police Department won last year’s game with a score of six to four. The charity game has been nicknamed the “Coaches Cup,” and Sgt. West encourages community members to come out and show their support, whether to watch the game or to come out and support a great cause. 

“We have a great relationship with the fire department, come out and watch us face off,” Sgt. West said. “ We have more planned between innings than we had last year, so there should be more entertainment, and some funny stuff.”