First Firefighting Competition Set For Sept. 14

Published 12:00 am Monday, September 16, 2013

There’s more to firefighting than putting on a suit and riding in the big red truck.
It takes skill.
Davie County firefighters will show off their skills to the public at the first Davie County Firefighter Competition, scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Masonic Picnic Grounds off North Main Street in Mocksville.
“They’re so much fun,” Jody Hall, organizer, said of the competition. “Our goal is to recruit some new firefighters and have some fun together. We usually see people in their worst situations.”
There will be awards for male, female and teen firefighters. Some events require a team, some are for individuals. Firefighters need only bring their turnout gear. Events will include: Save The Baby is a four-team event where a firefighter has to run, climb a ladder, rescue a “baby,” and had it off to another firefighter for the dash to the finish; Turnout Gear Race to see who can put on their gear the fastest (One female will be on hand who has done this in 40 seconds.); Tug-Of-War; Bucket Brigade; and Water Ball, where a ball is placed between two poles and firefighters from opposing teams try to force it to the other side using water hoses.
There is no need for firefighters to pre-register. Just show up ready to compete. Check out the Facebook page Davie County Firefighter Competition and Family Day Out.
There will be activities for children, such as face painting and a smoke house, a miniature version of a house …