Vol­un­teer fire com­pany hosts wa­ter bat­tle

North Penn Life - - NEWS - By Bradley Schlegel bschlegel@21st-cen­tu­ryme- dia.com

Towa­mencin Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany mem­bers had a busy day guly 1P.

First, they ded­i­cated a me­mo­rial near the Bus­tard Road sta­tion at 1590 Bus­tard Road. Then, they hosted the 12th an­nual Fifth Fire Dis­trict Wa­ter Bat­tle at the same lo­ca­tion.

The Hat­field Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany won the over­all ti­tle at last year’s event, hosted by the Per­se­ver­ance Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany of Soud­er­ton.

The day be­gan at 9 a. m. sharp with the ded­i­ca­tion of the me­mo­rial lo­cated along Rit­ten­house Road, ac­cord­ing to Phil Kopp, a life mem­ber of the Towa­mencin fire com­pany.

He said most of the work to con­struct the me­mo­rial has been fin­ished for ap­prox­i­mately one month.

“We’re down to a punch list,” said Kopp, a 4P- year mem­ber and chair­man of the com­pany’s board of di­rec­tors, days be­fore the event. “Ev­ery­thing will be ready for Satur­day.”

Ac­cord­ing to Kopp, the in­tent of the pro­ject — which fea­tures a large 4- by- 6- foot gran­ite me­mo­rial sur­rounded by a walk­ing path built with bricks iden­ti­fy­ing the com­pany’s de­ceased life mem­bers, as well as ac­tive mem­bers who have died — is to honor past life mem­bers as well as cur­rent and fu­ture mem­bers.

gim Dauphi­nee, a land­scape ar­chi­tect and a 20- year mem­ber of the com­pany, over­saw the pro­ject on a 1,000- square- foot par­cel along Rit­ten­house Road.

Com­pany mem­bers have dis­cussed the con­cept for ap­prox­i­mately three to four years, ac­cord­ing to Kopp.

He said the work to fa­cil­i­tate the me­mo­rial be­gan ap­prox­i­mately 18 months ago.

The wa­ter bat­tle be­gan shortly af­ter the ded­i­ca­tion.

The event’s five con­tests in­cluded the Midnight Run, the Bucket Bri­gade, Tug of War, Keg on a Wire and a mys­tery event cre­ated by the host depart­ment, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion posted on the Towa­mencin com­pany’s Face­book page.

The an­nual com­pe­ti­tion is de­signed to test all the skills a fire­fighter is taught at the Mont­gomery, Bucks and Philadel­phia fire academies, ac­cord­ing to Al No­vack, pres­i­dent of the dis­trict.

He has said that the event also pro­motes ca­ma­raderie, com­pe­ti­tion and sports­man­ship among the par­tic­i­pat­ing com­pa­nies within the dis­trict, which in­cludes Cen­tre Square, Worces­ter, Har­leysville, Hat­field, Towa­mencin, Up­per Gwynedd, Mont­gomery Town­ship, North Penn, Col­mar, Telford and Fair­mount of Lans­dale.

Phot by MARK C. PSO­RAS

Fire­fight­ers take part in the an­nual Fifth Fire Dis­trict Wa­ter Bat­tle in 2009. This year, Towa­mencin Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany hosted the event.

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