If you haven’t seen a muster, you’ve missed out. They’re absolutely better than a Rugby game. Well, at least as exciting. Here are three of the regulation competitions.
HOSE CART RACES
The hose cart race is one of the competitions. In the 1800s, pumper companies delivered water to fight those old-time fires, but not without hose companies arriving on the scene, too. Firemen of both companies raced through narrow streets, their high-wheeled equipment in tow to reach the burning building and prevent the fire from spreading. The hose cart races reenact those scenes from the last century, but now the competition is only against the clock.
There are two separate contests, men’s and women’s. In each, six people run their hose cart beyond the target to a nozzle platform. One team member connects the hose to the hydrant while two others attach the nozzle, take aim at the target, and pray for a steady hand and the best time to give them a first place.
|Sonora Volunteer Fire Department Hose Cart|
|Bucket Brigade Competition|
|Mortorized Fire Truck Competition, Fairfield Fire Department|
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