Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Fight fire with fire

Local blaze battlers to host family day


By BRENNAN REGO
Express Staff Writer

    Local 4758, the Ketchum professional firefighters union, will host a “Fight To Survive” for Fire Services Appreciation Day on Saturday, June 22.
    The event will include “farmer’s carries,” power lifting, running, throwing heavy objects, scaling walls and other obstacles and events. It will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    “Definitely not for the faint of heart,” states a recent news release from the union. “This competition pits athletes against extreme obstacles, weights and their own endurance in an awesome display of fitness, guts and sheer willpower.”
    The event will benefit the Higher Ground athletic program for wounded veterans.
    The union invites people to compete for “great prizes and an even greater cause” or simply to support our veterans and cheer on the athletes. Contestants will pay $25 to compete.
    “Either way we all win!” the release states.
    Fire Services Appreciation Day in Ketchum is the largest fire fare in the West, according to the release. The annual community event will feature local firefighters sharing their talents, knowledge and skills in real life demonstrations.
    “[The event will feature demonstrations of] car extrication, rescue drills, free food, live fire, helicopters, fire safety for kids, family health and so much more,” state the local firefighters. “Everything a family could want all packed into one event-filled day.”
    The day was started as a way for the firefighters to have a barbecue with their neighbors while at the same time demonstrating just a few of the many services that they perform. It will also include demonstrations of backcountry rescue, wild land fire-fighting and swift-water rescue.
    New this year will be a Firefighter Skill Drill.
    “[It] has a pretty strong chance of becoming the new crowd favorite …,” the release states. “The crowd will hear the ‘tones’ go out over the loudspeaker, setting in motion a fire crew’s response in an engine, forcible entry through a door, extinguishing a fire, cutting through a roof and ‘rescuing’ a downed firefighter.”
    The release also states that the firefighters have two cars to take apart, too (courtesy of Ketchum Automotive and a “private citizen”).
    “So that could end up being a pretty spectacular show as well,” said Lara McLean, a firefighter lieutenant and medic and the union’s spokeswoman.




About Comments

Comments with content that seeks to incite or inflame may be removed.

Comments that are in ALL CAPS may be removed.

Comments that are off-topic or that include profanity or personal attacks, libelous or other inappropriate material may be removed from the site. Entries that are unsigned or contain signatures by someone other than the actual author may be removed. We will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or any other policies governing this site. Use of this system denotes full acceptance of these conditions. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions. You are fully responsible for the content that you post.

The comments below are from the readers of mtexpress.com and in no way represent the views of Express Publishing, Inc.

You may flag individual comments. You may also report an inappropriate or offensive comment by clicking here.

Flagging Comments: Flagging a comment tells a site administrator that a comment is inappropriate. You can find the flag option by pointing the mouse over the comment and clicking the 'Flag' link.

Flagging a comment is only counted once per person, and you won't need to do it multiple times.

Proper Flagging Guidelines: Every site has a different commenting policy - be sure to review the policy for this site before flagging comments. In general these types of comments should be flagged:

  • Spam
  • Ones violating this site's commenting policy
  • Clearly unrelated
  • Personal attacks on others
Comments should not be flagged for:
  • Disagreeing with the content
  • Being in a dispute with the commenter

Popular Comment Threads



-->
 Local Weather 
Search archives:


Copyright © 2014 Express Publishing Inc.   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy
All Rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of Express Publishing Inc. is prohibited. 

The Idaho Mountain Express is distributed free to residents and guests throughout the Sun Valley, Idaho resort area community. Subscribers to the Idaho Mountain Express will read these stories and others in this week's issue.