By Mary Sycuro
Friday, July 12, 2013 —
On the evening of July 5, 10 teams from seven area volunteer fire companies met for a friendly competition. Over four events, they showed their expertise at “Quick Dress,” “Hose in Play,” “Busted Hose” and the “Firefighter’s Duel.”
Awards were given in each category, for first through third places based on time, and an overall award. This was the fifth annual firefighter’s competition that Oakboro has hosted after a lapse of many years.
The first event of the evening was “Quick Dress,” in which firefighters begin in street clothes and don protective fire gear. Working in teams of three each man must dress completely: boots, pants, jacket, helmet and gloves, then raise his arms before the next may begin. Judges make sure all clothing is properly secured.
The West Stanly Black Sheep team took first place with a time of 1 minute 57 seconds. Second place went to Oakboro II, Two Davids and a Goliath, with a time of 2:07, and third to Oakboro I, Team 10, whose time was 2:35.
“Hose in Play” requires each three-man team to assemble three lengths of hose given wrenches, a gated wye and a nozzle. Water coming from the assembled hose and held by all three members must knock down a cone.
In first place with a time of 47.5 seconds was the West Stanly team, Two Kegs and a Six Pack, second the Black Sheep from West Stanly at 53.7 seconds, and third was the Millingport Mafia with a time of 55 seconds.
In “Busted Hose” teams must replace a section of damaged hose line with the materials provided after clamping off the damaged section. After the repair and with water running freely through the hose, all team members must hold the hose while the nozzle man knocks over a cone with the water stream.
In first place with a time of 45 seconds, was the Black Sheep from West Stanly, in second, Oakboro I Team 10 at 46 seconds and in third place, Oakboro II, Two Davids and a Goliath, at 48.5 seconds.
The last event of the evening was a 10 team single elimination tournament. Each three-man team sprayed a bucket which was suspended from an overhead cable, toward their opponent’s end of the cable. Two of three 30-second rounds determined which team would advance to the next round.
In first place was the Millingport Mafia, second, the Two–Four crew from New London, and in third the Beast from the East I from Eastside.
The overall trophy was presented to the West Stanly Volunteer Fire Department and a traveling plaque will be displayed in the winning team’s firehouse.
Also participating were the Soggy Bottom Boys and Rick’s Babies from Ridgecrest and Beast from the East II from Eastside. T-shirts were given to each participant.
The Firefighter’s Competition is an annual event as part of the Oakboro Fourth of July festivities.
Mary Sycuro is a freelance contributor for The Stanly News & Press.