Annual firefighter competition returns Saturday

Oct. 03, 2013 @ 04:59 PM

On Saturday, the Union County Fire and Rescue Association and City of Monroe Fire Department will host the 33rd Annual Union County Firefighters Competition.

The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a parade of Monroe and Union County fire apparatuses traveling down U.S. 74 from the Food Lion at Hilltop in Monroe to Monroe Crossing Mall where the competition will take place.

The Firefighter’s competition is planned to last until approximately 2 p.m., according to a statement from the City of Monroe about the event.

There are five activities planned for this year’s event, which will also feature a children’s challenge and a mascot challenge. Participants in the mascot challenge include the Chick-fil-A cow, Sparky the Fire Dog and McGruff the Crime Dog, Captain Nick Steffler of the Monroe Fire Department, said in an e-mail.

Firefighters from around Union County are planned to participate both as individuals and as teams in various fire scene scenario activities, which will call upon the standard skills required on a typical fire scene. Competitors will display speed, strength, courage and teamwork as they maneuver their way through the different tasks, according to the City of Monroe statement.

“We encourage you to bring your families, including your little heroes and come out and enjoy your day while supporting your local fire service personnel. We are excited in anticipation for a day spent with community in celebration of brotherhood, tradition and excellence. Please join us for this can’t miss event, that’s sure to be fun for the whole family,” Chief Ron Fowler of the Monroe Fire Department, said in the statement.