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Rawdon Fire wins inaugural Hants County Pumper Duty Races


Published on June 18, 2017

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Zoe Miller, front, and Stephanie Walsh work together to knock down the barrel during the inaugural Hants County Pumper Duty Races June 17. They were part of Brooklyn's women's team.

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Zoe Miller, front, Stephanie Walsh, and Nicole Barkhouse work together to knock down the barrel during the inaugural Hants County Pumper Duty Races June 17. They were part of Brooklyn's women's team.

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Rawdon firefighters Dave Winter and Andrew Cluett nail the target. Their team went on to win the competition with a time of 51.86 seconds.

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Rawdon firefighter Dave Winter helps pack up hose inbetween runs.

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Hantsport firefighters Mike Bonn and Garret Johnston rush to get their equipment on during the timed pumper duty races June 17.

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Firefighter Edison Miles hauls out the hose for use by Hantsport's second team.

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Windsor Capt. Kim Willins tests the water pressure as her teammates gear up for their run. They just missed capturing third place in the competition – by just .35 of a second.

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Windsor's Jeffrey Moffat and Brandon Gallant had been practicing hard leading up to the inaugural Hants County Pumper Duty Races. The team finished in fourth place, just .35 seconds shy of third. They already have their sights set on next year.

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Bedford firefighters share a laugh between races. Pictured are, from left, Kyle Doyle, David Bamford and Brin Jones.

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Brooklyn junior firefighters Brandon Davis and Braydon Bartlett have been training hard to compete at the Hants County Pumper Duty Races. The team was comprised of all 15-18 year olds.

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After finishing her first run in the pumper duty races as a junior firefighter, Amy McDade spends some quality time with Gorgie Poole, the child of a former coach.

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Bedford firefighters Brin Jones and Andrew Vocke quickly knocked down the target June 17.

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The rain didn't stop Hantsport's Edison Miles from being all smiles at the competition.

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The Rawdon Fire Department's entry in the inaugural Hants County Pumper Duty Races competition won first place. Pictured here are, from left, Edward McKenzie, Dave Winter, Justin Hennigar, Andrew Cluett, and Chris Bond.

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Hantsport's first team, consisting of Mike Bonn, Randy Sanford, Garret Johnston, Bill Hazel and Karrie Ritchie, placed second in the 2017 Hants County Pumper Duty Races.

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The Bedford Fire Department's team, consisting of Andrew Vocke, Kyle Doyle, David Bamford and Brin Jones, secured third place in the 2017 Hants County Pumper Duty Races in Windsor.

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Robert Andrews, a judge for the 2017 Hants County Pumper Duty Races and long-time member of the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department, presents Mark Moore and Adam Dignan, representing the Department of Natural Resources, with show and shine awards for furthest travelled and people's choice. The awards were for DNR's antique fire truck, which Jim Rudderham brought to Windsor from Shubenacadie.

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WINDSOR, N.S. — Rawdon firefighters proved their metal Saturday as they became the first team to win the inaugural Hants County Pumper Duty Races.

The crew — Edward McKenzie, Dave Winter, Justin Hennigar, Andrew Cluett, and Chris Bond — earned the bragging rights by completing the competition with a time of 51.86 seconds.

One of Hantsport's teams came in a close second, with a time of 52.07 seconds, and Bedford came in third place with a time of 52.65 seconds.

“A lot of firefighters were happy that they came and they're going to come next year. Some of them are going to start training next week,” said Greg Hazel, one of the event organizers.

Although the wet weather drew less spectators, Hazel said the races were a great success.

“Right now we're not sure what date but it's definitely going to be next year but it's going to be later on in the summer,” said Hazel, noting they're looking at July to coincide with the Big Rig Show or August to complement Avon River Days.

Volunteers from Brooklyn, Hantsport and Windsor fire departments worked together over the past few months to revive the popular firefighter competition that was once held in Bedford.

Jamie Juteau, the deputy fire chief of the Windsor Fire Department, said the reincarnated event was 'phenomenal.'

“It went well. Everybody had a great time. The firefighters had a ball. The people that turned out to see it, seemed to like it. It was very well supported. You can't ask for more than that on a rainy Saturday afternoon,” said Juteau.

He said competitors have already expressed an interest in next year.

“We learned a lot this year that's going to make it even better in the years to come. We've already been brainstorming some different ideas,” he said. “There will be a next one, I think that's a given.”

Capt. Kim Willins, of the Windsor Fire Department, participated this year and has her sights set on doing even better in 2018.

“Absolutely we're pumped for next year. We're going to start practicing tomorrow,” she said.

The Windsor team missed a third place finish by just .35 seconds. Their best time was 53 seconds.

Willins said it was nice to see the departments come together for the event. It's a sentiment that several people at the competition shared.

“Win or lose, we're all here for the same thing. It's just a friendly competition,” said Bedford Lieut. Robert Andrews, who joined the fire department in 1991 and served as a judge for the June 17 event.

“I think the day went quite fine. Sure, it's wet but weather isn't a factor in firefighting. Firefighting involves 365 days a year, all the seasons,” he said.

A total of seven teams participated: two from Hantsport, two from Brooklyn (one was comprised of all women, the other was made up of junior firefighters), and one each from Rawdon, Bedford and Windsor.

Even the team that took the longest to hop out of the truck and knock down the target did so in under two minutes (113.07 seconds).

“A lot of the times today were a minute, 50 seconds. Think about that,” said Juteau.

“That's getting off a truck, putting all your equipment on... getting the hose off the truck and getting the truck fired up to pump and getting the water on the fire. That's a big deal. That's fast. That's what you want when your house is on fire – you want someone moving that quick.”