City police plan on tackling Edmonton firefighters on July 31, but this time they’ll be leaving the handcuffs at home.

The third annual charity touch-football game between the Edmonton Police Service and city firefighters is kicking off to raise funds for the Stollery Children’s Hospital.

The gridiron battle has a special place in firefighter Darin Loucraft’s, heart as his daughter Delaney had to use the hospital’s services when she broke her leg at six months of age.

“Just being there and witnessing the professionalism of the doctors and nurses, they really put you at ease even though you’re in a bad situation,” said the charity football game rookie. “It’s an invaluable resource.”

Loucraft said the annual match is more than just a game between Edmonton’s finest and bravest.

“I’m looking forward to the camaraderie,” he said. “Obviously there’s a bit of a rivalry between us and the police department, so it’s always fun to play.”

So far the series has gone in favour of the police. They hold a 2-0 record coming into the July 31 grudge match.

Tickets are $10, or $20 for a family.