05/31/12 275 W, 2 I - + 8 - 3 Old-Fashioned Firefighter Games in Raleigh on June 16

Time is running out to enter your team in the firefighter games planned in downtown Raleigh on Saturday, June 16. The contests are part of an all-day centennial celebration, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Raleigh Fire Department. And it's real easy to participate. Have four firefighters on your team. Bring your PPE. Must be 18 or older. Sign a waiver. That's it. Departments can enter more than one team. And teams can compete in any of the four events. Here's what's planned:

Longer descriptions and the registration forms are available on www.RFD100.com. And the games are just one of the events that day. We'll start with a fire apparatus parade at 10:00 a.m., continue with a muster including live pumping. There'll be birthday cake, historical displays, and a Kidde Kids Zone with activities for children.

Here are photos of similar firefighter games, as annually held in Warrenton and Southport. And read a historical perspective on firefighter competitions in North Carolina. Departments competed annual in statewide tournaments going back to the 1880s. See you on June 16!

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