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