Saturday - Meeting and Grand Parade

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Business Meeting

Another beautiful day in Upper Sandusky shining down on the NOVFA convention.  The delegates and officers assemble to take care of business.  Besides business, the convention meeting has a memorial service for all member departments that have experienced deaths of current and retired firefighters.  A drum and bagpipe group came from Toledo to participate.  After a the business at hand, a past president's luncheon is held before the grand parade steps off at 1:30 pm.

Over a 140 units have registered for the parade.  There are marching bands, twirlers, floats, and of course, fire trucks!  Awards are given to the newest truck, the oldest truck, the oldest equipment (non-motorized), bands and twirling groups.

Nice crowd in the downtown
  The weather forecast calls for some showers in the afternoon.  But the sun stayed out during the whole parade!  It wasn't until the awards ceremony that the clouds quickly moved through and "dumped" buckets of rain on the festivities.  According to weather radar, these were fast moving storms, and just postponed activities for a couple hours.  The only event cancelled was the hot air balloon lift off. 

One very interesting activity tried for the first time was the firefighter's challenge.  Following a course, firefighters were given the opportunity to show off their skills - agility, strength, and speed.  First, challengers carried hose through an obstacle course, then carried a charged hose a few yards through doors to put out a "fire" on the other side.

Agility!
  It was on to the "axe" and a simulation of chopping a hole in a roof to ventilate a fire.  This involved using a sledge hammer to move a railroad tie a certain distance.  A 250 pound dummy carried to the finish line completed the challenge.  Teams and individuals competed with the Upper Sandusky Fire Department #1 taking the top prize in the team event.  A firefighter from Wyandot East was first in the individual competition.  The fastest time was recorded by one of the Upper firemen who completed the course in 1:41!  Good Job Guys!  This event showed the general public how tough firefighters must be. 

The evening concluded with a free concert by the Parrots of the Caribbean - a Jimmy Buffett tribute band.  They played to a packed house in the entertainment tent until 11:30 pm. 

Cleanup began, and after a couple hours, it was determined that the rest of the stuff could be finished on Sunday.  The guys were beat, and most hadn't had a lot of sleep over the past 72 hours.  The results of the weekend were all positive!  There were no incidents, no severe injuries, and everyone had a good time!  Business reported favorable sales throughout the weekend.  City leaders were pleased, and the cooperation of the residents was superb!  All in all - SUCCESS!

 

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Business Meeting
Business Meeting
Nice crowd in the downtown
Nice crowd in the downtown
Agility!
Agility!
Conducting Business
Conducting Business
Officers
Officers
Firefighters who died since the la…
Firefighters who died since the l…
Near the beginning of the parade
Near the beginning of the parade
The Upper Sandusky High School Ban…
The Upper Sandusky High School Ba…
Parade Participants
Parade Participants
Old Parade Trucks Participate
Old Parade Trucks Participate
Firefighters proud of their truck
Firefighters proud of their truck
Pulling the old
Pulling the old
Float
Float
Another new truck!
Another new truck!
Quite a line coming down the street
Quite a line coming down the street
NOVFA Queen rides atop her sponsor…
NOVFA Queen rides atop her sponso…
Buy Me!
Buy Me!
Riders Participating
Riders Participating
My granddaughter loves the parade
My granddaughter loves the parade
Lets go Papa!
Let's go Papa!
I want a pony!
I want a pony!
Climbing the fire pole!
Climbing the fire pole!
I can do it!
I can do it!
Upper Sandusky Team #1 getting rea…
Upper Sandusky Team #1 getting re…
Taking off to put out the fire!
Taking off to put out the fire!
Breaking through the doors!
Breaking through the doors!
Chopping
Chopping
Strength to carry the 250 pound du…
Strength to carry the 250 pound d…
Total Exhaustion
Total Exhaustion
Celebrating a successful run!
Celebrating a successful run!
Fellow firefighters encouraging th…
Fellow firefighters encouraging t…
Chief Sturgeon doing the announcin…
Chief Sturgeon doing the announci…
Off and running
Off and running
Enjoying a laugh before his run
Enjoying a laugh before his run
Breaking through the doors to get …
Breaking through the doors to get…
A future firefighter!
A future firefighter!
Individual Winner
Individual Winner
Happy Team Members
Happy Team Members
Team Winners
Team Winners
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photo by: PhinsAndGills