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Competition heats up at Junior Fireman’s Muster

Heated competition

Miller Ferry's team fires the water at the target in the "Fly-the-Y" race in the 9th Annual Justin Monroe Jr. Firefighters Muster at Miller's Ferry Volunteer Fire Department. photo by Wayne Hinshaw, for the Salisbury Post

Miller Ferry’s team fires the water at the target in the “Fly-the-Y” race in the 9th Annual Justin Monroe Jr. Firefighters Muster at Miller’s Ferry Volunteer Fire Department. photo by Wayne Hinshaw, for the Salisbury Post

By Wayne Hinshaw
For the Salisbury Post

With talcum powder flying, the Miller Ferry junior fireman’s team members Jeremiah Kennedy, Charly Small and Austin Oakley dressed as quickly as possible into their turnout gear in the field behind the Miller Ferry Volunteer Fire Department.

The turnout gear competition was the first event of the 9th Annual Justin Monroe Junior Fireman’s Muster for high school-aged students.

The teenagers competed in a number of events like the “firefighter’s challenge,” where a team of four tackles an obstacle course in full turnout gear. The “fly the Y” involves connecting three hoses, charging the line and hitting a target with the water. The “water ball” and the “tug ­o’ war” are two other fun events.

In the firefighter’s challenge event, Alex Piper had to dive on her stomach into a large pipe and crawl out the other end for her Kannapolis team effort. Miller Ferry team members Kennedy and John Petty pulled a 150-pound dummy over the finish line in a life-saving exercise while being timed.

During a couple of breaks in the competition, the team from Stony Hill Fire Department in Wake Forest got a line dance started to a country music tune on the PA system. They persuaded the Rowan County Fire Marshal Deborah Horne, who was running the events, to try her skill in the dance line.

The eight departments taking part in the competition were: Miller Ferry team that consisted of Miller Ferry and Union fire departments; Kannapolis Fire Department had a large team; The Cass County team from Texas had five members who traveled for three days packed in a pickup truck to the event; the Warren County from Warrenton, N.C., was led by Julian Green who is a 2004 Salisbury High graduate; Pine Ridge from Mt. Airy; Crawford from Crawford Township; Gaston County; and Stony Hill.

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