On June 15, the public, however, will be afforded a firsthand look at northwest Georgia firefighters putting their skills on display. Scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cartersville High School, Cartersville Fire Department will host a competition for region departments.
“This the second year in a row that Cartersville has hosted a firefighter competition,” CFD Battalion Chief Ray King said. “We were chosen to host this by the Northwest Georgia Fire Chief’s Association, which will also sponsor two more firefighter competitions this year besides Cartersville — Calhoun in July and Catoosa County/Fort Oglethorpe in August.”
Free and open to the public, the competition consists of timed hose evolutions, which puts firefighters’ skills and teamwork to the test. King said food, T-shirts, inflatables and other vendors also will be on hand at the school.
“We also do a fun event called the Bucket Brigade, which brings back some fire service heritage from the days where firefighters would pass buckets to each other to extinguish a blaze,” King said. “The competition is done for fun and to raise money for scholarships, which are given out by the Northwest Georgia Fire Chief's Association annually, but the competition does get pretty fierce, mostly for bragging rights and trophy plaques.”
Currently five teams — CFD, Bartow County Fire Department, Calhoun Fire Department, Lost Hose from Cobb County Fire Department and Catoosa County Fire Department — are committed to attend, King said, add that three explorer teams, including one from Cartersville, will take part as well.
Special to this year’s competition, representatives from the Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund will be present. Established in memory of Terry Farrell, a member of the New York Fire Department who died on 9/11, the organization assists firefighters and their families with educational, medical and equipment needs, according to the website, www.terryfund.org.
King said the group will bring a portion of steel from the World Trade Center and a fire apparatus whose crew died on 9/11.
Space is still available in each category for several teams. The entry fee for a firefighter team is $50 and $30 for an explorer team.