Chris Hannah from Fire Hall 1 sends a blast of water at a cone during a Combined Time Activity in the parking lot at Westgate Public Market on Tuesday, Aug. 27. (Cameron Thomson/Salmon Arm Observer)

Salmon Arm firefighters put their skills to the test

Crew from Salmon Arm Fire Hall 3 achieves the best time relay race

Teams from fire halls across Salmon Arm competed in a firefighting relay race that has been a tradition for 18 years.

Officially called a Combined Time Activity, the race took place in the parking lot at Westgate Public Market on Tuesday, Aug. 27. Firefighters from both downtown and uptown Salmon Arm halls competed as well as a team from Canoe and Gleneden.

Read more: Shuswap residents without power after protesting smart meter installation

Read more: Study shows calories from binge drinking equivalent to a double cheeseburger

The race started after a short air horn blast. The timer was started and teams of four to five firefighters raced to don their protective gear, clamber into their truck and weave through a set of cones. Next, the teams would connect a hose to their truck and one firefighter would attach a nozzle to the end of the hose. That same firefighter would then signal the crew back at the truck to start pumping water through the line. After using the blast of water to knock over a cone, the rest of the team would join in and help knock over a second cone to complete the relay.

For two hours, teams went through as many rotations as they could with the goal of beating their previous score with each iteration. Demerits were issued in the form of time penalties for firefighters wearing gear improperly or hitting cones as the truck driver attempted to weave between them.

Read more: Man arrested after woman, found unresponsive on B.C. highway, dies

Read more: Forty-years of service: celebration planned for construction of Salmon Arm church

The evening culminated with an awards ceremony where Salmon Arm Fire Chief Brad Shirley announced how each hall had placed. Hall 3 from downtown Salmon Arm was able to complete the entire relay in two minutes and 29 seconds with no demerits issued, winning the coveted bronze statue of a firefighter carrying an axe. Firefighters that made up the Hall 3 team were Brian Brook, Brandon Payne, Jason Pufferhill and Mark Koprowsky.

As per tradition, Hall 3 has painted the trophy’s axe head yellow, representing their hall. The yellow has covered up the green paint left by the Gleneden detachment following their win in 2018.


@CameronJHT
Cameron.thomson@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

Dale Widdifield closes a hose nozzle during a Combined Time Activity in a parking lot at Westgate Public Market on Tuesday, Aug. 27. (Cameron Thomson/Salmon Arm Observer)

A group of recruits prepare to start another run of the relay race during a Combined Time Activity in a parking lot at Westgate Public Market on Tuesday, Aug. 27. (Cameron Thomson/Salmon Arm Observer)

Jordan Littler sends a blast of water toward a set of cones during a Combined Time Activity in a parking lot at Westgate Public Market on Tuesday, Aug. 27. (Cameron Thomson/Salmon Arm Observer)

A crew from Fire Hall 3 from downtown Salmon Arm achieved the best time during a Combined Time Activity in the parking lot at Westgate Public Market on Tuesday, Aug. 27. (Cameron Thomson/Salmon Arm Observer)

Aaron Alcott knocks over a cone with a jet of water during a Combined Time Activity in a parking lot at Westgate Public Market on Tuesday, Aug. 27. (Cameron Thomson/Salmon Arm Observer)

Just Posted

Environment Canada issues snowfall warning for Trans Canada Highway

Expect 20-30 cm from Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass

Interior Health issues warning about opioid-laced stimulants causing recent overdoses

Interior Health is urging residents using or considering using drugs to reconsider… Continue reading

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Nov. 14

120 years ago: Revelstoke Herald, Nov. 11, 1899 The Knights of Pythias… Continue reading

Revy Let’s Talk: Falling down – mental health in the fall

Using our online system, Shelley Bird shared her experience and the experience… Continue reading

City of Revelstoke hires new director of engineering

Steve Black will be starting Nov. 18

VIDEO: B.C. couple creates three-storey ‘doggie mansion’ for their five pups

Group of seven, who Kylee Ryan has dubbed as the ‘wandering paws,’ have a neat setup in Jade City

MacKinnon powers Avs to 5-4 OT win over Canucks

Vancouver battled back late to pick up single point

Port Alberni mom takes school district to court over Indigenous smudging, prayer in class

Candice Servatius, who is an evangelical Christian, is suing School District 70

Family of B.C. man killed in hit-and-run plead for tips, one year later

Cameron Kerr’s family says the driver and passengers tried to cover their tracks

Chilliwack family’s dog missing after using online pet-sitting service

Frankie the pit bull bolted and hit by a car shortly after drop off through Rover.com

B.C. wildlife experts urge hunters to switch ammo to stop lead poisoning in birds

OWL, in Delta, is currently treating two eagles for lead poisoning

B.C. First Nations drop out of court challenge, sign deals with Trans Mountain

Upper Nicola Band says deal represents a ‘significant step forward’

Pedestrian struck and killed in Kamloops accident

Kamloops RCMP responded to the incident at 5:30 p.m. Friday night

Most Read