The Lindsay Volunteer Fire Department and Women's Auxiliary teams both took first place in the motorized pumper contest at the Diamond Springs Firemen's Muster held July 10-11 in Placerville, Calif.

In the motorized pumper event six team members sit on a bench as if they were in a firehouse. When the alarm rings the team members run to their rig and respond as if going to a fire. Along the 300 foot course, after passing a hydrant, a hose lay is made. The engine and remaining crew members continue down the street. When the engine stops, as if in front of a burning building, additional hose connections are made, and the line laid from the hydrant is "charged" or filled with water. A target is knocked down as if aiming at the source of the fire with the hose stream. When the target is down, the time stops.

Both teams also competed in the bucket brigade. In the Bucket Brigade a team of five must move 50 gallons of water from one trough to another 20 feet away. One gallon of water weighs 8.33 pounds, times 50 that is more than 400 pounds. That 400 plus pounds of water is passed by at arms' length in less than a minute if you want to win - not much time to get the rhythm down. And it has to be done so the water doesn't spill. Neither team placed but it was only the men's second attempt at the contest and the women's first.

The men's team also competed, but did not place, in the hose cart competition. Lindsay's muster teams will now go onto the State Championships to be held Aug. 13-15 in Clovis.

The Lindsay volunteer firefighters and auxiliary will be hosting a muster in Lindsay's City Park in July 2005. Sponsors are being sought. For more information contact the auxiliary at 756-1639.

FYI: Musters are where teams of volunteer firefighters from stations throughout the state compete against one another in timed events, usually during the summertime. There are "fun musters" and sanctioned musters. In addition to motorized pumping and bucket brigades, other events include hand and horse drawn pumpers, hose carts and steamers.

Teams must compete in at least two sanctioned musters to be eligible to compete for the championship.

State championships are an annual event and are rotated between Northern Central and Southern California regions. Tulare County is considered in the Southern region. The 2004 championship host city is Clovis, which is considered the central region.

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