Date: Saturday, July 1st
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Southport Fire Department's Downtown Satellite Station
115 E. Nash Street
Since 1984, The City of Southport Fire Department has invited area fire departments to Southport to compete in the N.C. 4th of July Festival Fire Fighter Freedom Competition.
What looks like fun games to the spectators is really an event to test the teamwork of a department, as it pays homage to training and fire fighting methods of our past. Take for example the bucket brigade. It was the method of extinguishing fires until the invention of the hand pumped fire engine. There is a tremendous amount of teamwork and physical endurance that is needed to complete this duty. Teamwork and endurance is the key to an effective Fire Department.
The competitive events included Ladder Climb, Tanker Tug, Command Post, Bucket Brigade, and Barrel Push There are plenty of Fire engines, ladder trucks and equipment on display and the firefighters are happy to answer any questions.