It’s all for fun

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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.

Heather Burling­ham Photo

Heather Burling­ham Photo

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.

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