Today was the annual Ferndale Volunteer Fire Dept’s Firemen Games, held on Main Street. Like all the recent Main Street events, this one was held in the rain. We had moments of warm sun, and moments of cold rain through out the day. I’ll be featuring pictures from the event throughout the week, since this year not only did I photograph it (with the help of Greg) I also got to participate in it.
The first and most important event is the hose lay. Each company does three runs where 5 members must assemble 5 lengths of hose, hook it up to the engine, add a siamese coupling and two more hoses and finally two nozzles. Then they have to shoot two ducks off of the barrels. This event is the most important, because the loser of the event ends up with the dubious honor of cooking lunch for the rest of the department after the games are over.
Company One’s first two runs weren’t setting any records, but we were still in the running to not finish last. However, on our last run we outdid ourselves. The best run of the day by any team was 37 seconds. Our first two runs were nearly identical at 44 seconds each. On the final run one of our members fumbled the nozzle on his hose, and we ended up with the only over minute time, at 1:07. Needless to say, we cooked a lot of hamburgers today.