When the club was young, the easiest way to tell others about it was by word of mouth. This meant that the members had to get out to visit other firefighters, and one of the best ways to do that was to visit Fire Stations. Someone came up with the idea of rewarding members who made a certain number of visits with a certificate and a pin. Proof of these visits was needed and so the idea of the Grand Tour was born. After visiting Fire Stations beginning with the letters G R A N D T O U R members were given a pin. Over the years, other rides were added, RED KNIGHT and FIREHOUSE rides, and for members from remote areas, a ride to visit TWELVE STATIONS beginning with any letter of the alphabet. For those who want the ultimate, you can choose the ALPHABET tour which includes all the letters in the alphabet. WOW!
In the spring of 2009, it was decided to make some changes to the program. After numerous inquiries as to why we did not have a separate pin for each of the rides available, it was decided that we would offer a three-inch patch (of the same design as the pin) with a rocker for each of the rides. A database will be kept to track who has completed the rides. When you have completed your visits simply fill out the application form and return it with your pictures to the Grand Tour Chairperson and he/she will send you your certificate and patch and rocker (or just the rocker if you already have a patch). Note: At the Board Meeting in August of 2013 it was decided that members would no longer earn a pin for completing the four shorter rides but that the remaining pins should be given to guests (non-members) who might ride with members when completing a Tour. To that end, please indicate on the application form if a rider or passenger is a guest. Guests will then receive a certificate and a pin. Photo albums (physical and electronic) will be kept displaying pictures of everyone who has completed the Grand Tour and will be available for viewing at all future conventions (upon request only). Because of the large number of members completing rides and the number of photographs we now have on file, it is becoming harder to ensure that all the pictures will be at all future conventions (the 9 albums weigh almost 70 pounds). It was decided at the Board meeting in September 2011 to scan all our photos and store them electronically. To that end, we now have a new email address, email@example.com and we ask that you send all pictures and applications there. Please make sure that your pictures are no larger than 100KB each.
|Where are the fire stations that you need for your Grand Tour?|
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If you know of a link that shows all of the fire stations in your country, please email the webmaster and that link can be placed here also. If you have any questions please email the Grand Tour Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org
To earn a Grand Tour Certificate, Patch and Rocker you must, during one (1) calendar year, visit nine (9) Fire Stations whose names begin with each letter in the three (3) Tours GRAND TOUR, RED KNIGHT, or FIRE HOUSE. The TWELVE STATIONS can be any twelve (12) stations beginning with any letter of the alphabet. Note: Fire Stations must be active, in service, not inactive just a building with a name on it. IE Xerox is no longer a Fire Station. Zelienople changed its name so that also is not an active Z. Any questions should be directed to email@example.com
The Alphabet ride can be completed over multiple years and is the only ride that does not have to be completed in one riding season.
Stations must begin with the following Letters A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I,J, K,L, M, N,O, P, Q,R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z
You must have a picture of you and your motorcycle taken at each station, with the name sign visible and readable (your motorcycle not just parts of it showing in the picture). Pictures can only be used for one tour. You must be on the International Roster to receive the Patches, if you are not on the roster your application will be delayed or you will be listed as a guest.
The TOUR is only for Fire Stations / Departments. Ambulance Departments / EMS Departments and Dispatch 911 Centers cannot be used.
** A motorcycle is classified as any vehicle that needs a Motorcycle License to operate**
Co-riders may also earn a Certificate, Patch, and Rocker, and a rider and co-rider may have their picture taken together.
Group photos are welcomed as well if you are doing the Tour as a chapter, every member and guest must be in each photo (please ensure that at least some of your motorcycles are in each picture).
You must then complete and submit the online application form (if you are doing a Tour as a group, you need only complete one (1) application form with all the names of the members who participated and one (1) address where your certificates and patches can be sent). You must then send your photos to the Grand Tour Chairperson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure that your pictures are no larger than 1MB each. If your email is over 25MB you must send another email with the remaining photos.
When you have completed all five Tours you will be sent a GRAND TOUR MASTER Certificate, Rocker, and a Brag Coin. The Coin has the International Seal on the front and a picture of the Memorial Stone on the back and the inscription Grand Tour Master on the outer rim.
Online Tour applications are sent directly to the Grand Tour Chairperson with just a click on the Submit button. You must send your pictures in a separate email to the Grand Tour Chairperson, no external sites will be visited to retrieve the photos, email only. Online Applications will not be processed until all of the supporting photos have been received by the Grand Tour Chairperson. Please make sure that your pictures are no larger than 1MB each. If your email is over 25MB you must send another email with the remaining photos.
Some members who live in more remote areas may need to travel great distances to find the letters they need, so we have made a provision that you may use the same station for more than one Tour but we ask that you please visit that station(s) a second time (we will not accept the same picture for more than one Tour).
If non-members complete a Tour with you please enter their names on the ‘GUEST’ line and they will be sent a certificate and a lapel Pin. This is only for Non-Members; they will only receive a maximum of two (2) Pins.
The board has also decided, on the recommendation of the Grand Tour Committee, that, due to the sheer number of pictures on file we select one picture from each Chapter and add that to a slide show that will be shown at future conventions. All other photos will still be stored for future reference. This means that photo albums will no longer be on display in the Hospitality Room at Conventions. If you sent in photographs and you want to see all the pictures of your Tour. Please send a request to the Grand Tour Committee Chairperson no less than six weeks before the convention so that arrangements can be made, you will need to provide a jump drive or SD card.
Examples of fire Stations whose names begin with each letter.
G - Grantville Fire Company T - Troutville Fire
R - Reliance Fire Department O - Osceola Fire Company
A - Alpha Fire U - Upper Jay Volunteer Fire Department
N - North Pole City Fire Station R - Reedville VFD
D – Denver Fire Company
And so on to spell out Grand Tour, Red Knight, and Fire House.
** Here is the list of total awards a person can receive for the Grand Tour Program. **
Center patch only for the first time completing a ride.
Max 3 rockers per tour GT, RK, FH, 12ST, and Alphabet.
Max 2 coins for Grand Tour Master.
Max 3 certificates mailed per tour.
Max number of Grand Tour Masters is 5 with a certificate.
Max number of Pins a guest will receive is 2. They will receive 1 certificate per ride completed.
If there are any questions about the Grand Tour program, you can email the Chairman at email@example.com
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