It’s all for fun
Fortune Fire Chief Paul Peach diligently marks a time, while members from one team nearly drown their opponents as they emptied their blue barrel. The annual Bucket Brigade event was held as part of Fortune’s Summer Festival.
The Burin Peninsula Fire Departments’ Annual Bucket Brigade was held recently as part of Fortune’s Summer Festival.
The competition was started in 2009 by the Town of Grand Bank as part of its summer program, and was won that year by the Fortune Volunteer Fire Department. The fire departments have an agreement that whichever team wins the event will host it the following year.
This year saw five teams compete - from the towns of Marystown, Fortune, Grand Bank and St. Lawrence and as well as a team from the RCMP.
A large crowd gathered in front of the Fortune Fire Hall for the event, as well as the free barbecue of hotdogs, hamburgers and soft drinks. The early evening event was blessed with sunny skies and a light breeze.
There was a lot of good natured fun with more than one team ‘accidentally’ throwing a pail of water on an opposing team member, instead of into their large drum.
The spectators were delighted with the shenanigans.
The winning team, with a time of 2:26 minutes, was from St. Lawrence. The Marystown team, which had two firefighters from Marystown and two more from Fortune had a time of 2:28 minutes.
Fortune Fire Chief Paul Peach presented the winning plaque to Chief Darryl Doyle of St. Lawrence and his team members of Lt. Rodney Doyle, Isaac Kettle and Donnie Lambe.
The St. Lawrence Volunteer Fire Department won the annual Burin Peninsula Fire Departments’ Bucket Brigade, hosted by the Fortune Fire Department. From left are: Chief Darryl Doyle and his team mates Rodney Doyle, Isaac Kettle and Donnie Lambe with Fortune Fire Chief Paul Peach. As the 2010 winner, St. Lawrence will now host the event in 2011.