Firefighters contest during state gathering in Farmington

September 8, 2014 - storage organizer

Outside of a vast fire, when New Vineyard and New Portland glow departments join together to tackle a blaze, a dual departments don’t mostly interact.

But during a 51st Maine State Federation of Firefighters convention, a firefighters from both towns worked side by side Sunday morning in a accessible foe among some-more than a dozen glow departments during a Farmington Fairgrounds.

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Firefighters foe Sunday during a Farmington Fairgrounds as partial of a accessible foe of timed events during a annual Maine Federation of Firefighters convention.

“This is a initial time we’ve done it out to a state convention,” pronounced Chief Kip Poulin, of a New Portland Fire Department. He pronounced a accessibility of a convention, about 15 miles from their home station, authorised a dialect to form a group and join a fun.

“It’s a approach to build intercourse with all a opposite departments,” he said.

About 600 people attended a gathering hold this year in Farmington from Friday to Sunday, pronounced organizer Lt. Tim Hardy, of a Farmington Fire Department.

The weekend’s events enclosed a dance, a comedian, a march and finally a pattern on Sunday morning, where teams competed with any other in firefighting races such as joining a hose together opposite a field, knocking down a aim with a H2O tide and afterwards racing opposite a finish line.

Near a finish line during a hose race, a Fort Kent Fire Department cheered on any group as they related together a hose pieces and slid opposite a finish line.

“We try to come with a organisation of guys each year,” pronounced Capt. Richard Stoliker, of a Fort Kent Fire Department.

He pronounced it took 4 hours to get from their Aroostook County hometown to a hotel in Waterville that a 8 proffer firefighters stayed during during a convention, though pronounced it was value it to attend in a statewide firefighters event.

The event, Stoliker said, is also a possibility not usually for a firefighters to association though to move their families together for a weekend of events, a march and accessible competition.

“At each one of a conventions, we get to accommodate new friends and see aged friends from years past,” he said.

Kaitlin Schroeder — 861-9252

kschroeder@centralmaine.com

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