Firefighters' games come to Kemptville
Firefighters' games come to Kemptville - EMC Events - The North Grenville Fire Service (NGFS) will be looking to repeat as the champions of the Eastern Ontario Firefighters' Association (EOFA) Games again this year as they get set to host the 100th anniversary of the games June 23.

Thirteen area fire departments (including Carleton Place, Beckwith and Edwardsburgh-Cardinal), have put together teams to battle for the top prize, the Iroquois Cup, in the games, which take place beginning at 8:30 a.m. on June 23 at the North Grenville Municipal Centre. The games are free and members of the public are welcome to come out and cheer on the teams.

According to NGFS fire chief Paul Hutt, a lot of planning has gone into making the games special.

"We've been planning for probably about a year, once it was determined we were going to host it," he noted. "It's the 100th anniversary (of the games) so it's a pretty big deal." While the games take place throughout the day on June 23, the traditional convention for the fire departments will be held the previous evening on June 22. It includes a general meeting and an update for firefighter teams on the agenda for the games.

"We're also going to have a guest speaker from Camp Bucko (Burn Camp for Kids in Ontario) as part of the evening," Hutt said.

The real draw for the day is the games, which includes both wet and dry relay events, as well as activities where firefighters must knock down targets while in their full bunker gear.

"It's well-orchestrated and a full-day event," Hutt commented.

With a number of trophies and bragging rights up for grabs the games are definitely competitive, but Hutt said they also give area fire departments a chance to relax and have fun.

"It is competitive, there's no doubt about it and the Kemptville Fire Department, now the North Grenville Fire Service has always had an excellent race day team," he said.

"...At the end of the day, although (the games) are competitive, they're also very, very fun and encourages camaraderie with different fire services," Hutt continued. "We work together all the time, but things brings a fun element to things. It's very relaxed."

This is also Hutt's first year participating in the games and he has signed on for the Chief's Race. "I'm absolutely excited for it. Bring it on!" he remarked. "It's the 100th anniversary in our own backyard. We have to do our best."

The fun doesn't end when the games do. After 4 p.m. a chicken dinner will be offered, tickets are available for $10 per person in advance. Tickets can be purchased by calling Andrea Briggs at 613-978-4747 or emailing wilsonhowardmotors@bellnet.ca, Lisa Boutet (613-258-2438 ext. 4 or fire@northgrenville.on.ca) or from any member of the NGFS. To celebrate their victories, a full-dress parade featuring all of the participating fire departments will make its way through Old Town Kemptville at 6:30 p.m.

The parade will assemble at Riverside Park, go down Prescott St. to Sanders St. where they will disband in the B&H Your Community Grocer parking lot.

Participants will then head back to the North Grenville Municipal Centre for trophy presentations. To cap off the evening, the NGFS have something extra special in store for guests: a dance and cash bar featuring live entertainment from Canadian rock musician David Wilcox, with band Blackwell opening for him.

\Wilcox is known for his classics 'Riverboat Fantasy,' 'Do the Bearcat,' 'Downtown Came Uptown,' and 'That Hypnotizin' Boogie.'"We went out on a limb to make sure we had great quality entertainment and wanted to do something different," Hutt stated. "In past years, there have been musicians, but we really wanted to bring it up a notch for the 100th anniversary."

Tickets for the concert and dance are $30 per person and can be obtained by calling the NGFS at 613-258-2438.

"We only have 1,000 tickets, so they are limited and it's going to be a very exciting evening for sure," he concluded.
 
Posted Jun 14, 2012 By Ashley Kulp - Kemptville EMC