Firemen's Muster set for weekend

mgaytan@losbanosenterprise.comAugust 22, 2013 

The California Firemen's Muster Association will hold its state championship muster for the second year in a row at the Los Banos Fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday.

The competition features 19th century hand-pump fire engines, motorized pumpers, hose wagons dating from 1900 to 1986, hose-cart races and bucket brigade races.

Every year teams compete using antique machinery and fire-fighting methods to race against the clock. Competitions will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday's competitions will include the women's vintage two-wheel hose-cart races with the teams running down a course laying down a hose from a fire hydrant to the nozzle line, and knocking down a target for time along with many other timed events. The day's competitions will close with the men's bucket brigades, where teams pass water by bucket from a water tank to an empty tank, demonstrating the oldest known form of firefighting.

Saturday night will end with a reunion for former Merced County firemen and anyone else who wants to join.

Sunday's competitions will include motorized pumper races in seven divisions, men's hose-cart races and women's bucket brigades.

All equipment is privately owned and come from Arizona, Nevada and throughout California. The Los Banos Fairgrounds is located at 403 F. St. For more information contact Dean Young at (209) 675-2005.

Reporter Marina Gaytan can be reached at (209)388-6562 or mgaytan@losbanosenterprise.com.

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