Firefighters battle it out

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Airman 1st Class Matthew Roberts hoists a hose in the firefighter obstacle course.

Liliana Castillo

The 12th annual Cannon Air Force Base fire muster took place Oct. 8 at Unity Park.

The event included only four teams this year. Organizer Bruce Ford, assistant chief of fire prevention on base, said the event usually attracts between 10 to 12 teams.

“There’s a lot going on this week and we have a three-day weekend,” he said, explaining the low participation.

The teams that were present competed with each other heavily. The event is made up of seven events, with an eighth added this year in honor of October being domestic violence awareness month.

The events included a firefighter obstacle course, a three-person hose relay, waterball, filling a bucket as fast as possible in the “bucket brigade,” pulling a 16-ton fire truck 50 feet, raising a ladder and climbing it as fast as possible and answering five fire prevention questions.

Family Advocacy added an event to the lineup this year called “Walk a mile in her shoes,” in which fire muster participants ran in heels carrying a baby, pulling a suitcase and pushing a stroller. The event was intended to raise awareness about domestic violence and share the experience of a battered woman when she leaves her husband.

Ford said the event allows airmen of all professions to see what the fire department does.

Teams competed for first, second and third places based on points for faster times in each event. First place received a traveling trophy and bragging rights.

Airman 1st Class Chris Sauer participated for the first time this year.

“It was awesome,” he said “It was definitely a challenge.”

Sauer said the fire truck pull was his favorite event.

“I’m good at it I guess,” he laughed. “This event is something where we can all get together and talk with people and have a good time.”