06/11/12 496 W - + 4 - 4 Firefighter Games 100 Years Ago


On July 23, 1912, the twenty-fifth annual North Carolina State Firemen's Association convention opened in Fayetteville. Some 1,500 firefighters attended from the state and region, including delegates from 94 fire departments in North Carolina. The first day's activities included a number of sessions and business meetings. Opening session speakers included Governor W. W. Kitchin and Association President James D. McNeil.

The second day, which was the first of two tournament days, opened with a "grand fireman's and floral parade" including nineteen horse-drawn hose wagons, six hand-drawn hose reel teams, two steam fire engines, one auto fire truck, a score of "gaily decorated motor car floats", carriages containing "distinguished citizens and fire chiefs", and 25 racing horses that would later compete in the firefighter games.

Fifteen cash prizes were offered for the best decorated floral and industrial vehicles and fire department vehicles. A carnival company and several other amusement organizations were also present to "take advantage of the gala week and off their attractions to the crowds."

The convention was also a "dry" one, as eight saloons were raided that week by Sheriff N. H. Geachy. He arrested every "no tax" dealer in the city and charged them with "retailing intoxicating liquors and beer and having more of the same in their possession than allowed by law." Five to six hundreds of barrels of beer were seized.

Tournament Day 1

Tournament Day 2

Selected Results - Day 1

Horse Hose Wagon Race - Fifteen Teams

Hand Reel Context

Grab Reel Contest

Selected Results Day 2

Horse Hose Wagon (Interstate) - Eighteen teams

Four "blow outs" resulted during the context for the Atlantic of New Bern, Fayetteville, Capital Hose of Raleigh, and New Bern No. 1 teams. The Rescue of Raleigh missed a coupling in their attempt. Burlington's horse had a harness failure.

Hand Reel Contest (Interstate)

Chapel Hill - 25 1/5 seconds - First

Grab Reel Contest (Interstate)

Chapel Hill - 18 2/5 seconds - Third







  
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