Fire Safety Week culminates with Get Fired Up for Safety; New firefighter event added
By Kris Rued-Clark
ARPIN – Volunteer and professional firefighters from surrounding communities join Marshfield firefighters on Marshfield’s north side to provide safety demonstrations and displays for families on Oct. 13. The annual event, Get Fired Up For Safety, is hosted by several businesses on Marshfield’s North Central Avenue, and begins at noon with a parade of emergency vehicles starting at the fairgrounds, proceeding west on 14th street, and continuing north on Central Avenue.
During the week leading up to Get Fired Up area firefighters educate school children on fire safety, and the Oct. 13 event helps reinforce the safety message for children and their parents. Hands-on activities include a youth challenge and the popular teddy bear drop, demonstrating Marshfield’s aerial ladder. Children’s favorite stuffed animals are lifted in a small bucket, firefighters attach tiny parachutes to them, and the animals float safely to the ground for their owners to retrieve them.
New for this year’s event will be a “Barrel Challenge” for participating fire departments.
Deputy Chief Roy Koopman of the Arpin Fire Department explains, “We’ll have a barrel suspended on a cable about 20 feet up that can slide 80 feet either way.”
Competing teams of firefighters will aim their hoses at the barrel with the object of pushing it to the opposite team. Each match-up will have a three-minute time limit. Team members are required to turn out in gear, including boots, bunker pants, jackets, and helmets.
“There will be a front guy on the nozzle, a guy behind to help aim and hold, and one behind to give hose. If a department only has two, we’ll provide the third person in the back,” notes Koopman.
The barrel challenge begins at 2 p.m., and a traveling plaque will be awarded to the winning team.
“We’ll set it up in the morning using water from portable tanks. Fire departments are coming in with pumpers and tankers, so we’ll have plenty of water,” Koopman adds.
Get Fired Up For Safety displays will be set up in the parking lots of the following businesses: Century 21 Gold Key Realty, Culver’s, Rose Bowl Lanes, House of Heating, Gross Motors, Pioneer Bank, Office Max, and Festival Foods.
Participating fire departments include: Arpin, Auburndale, Cameron, Granton, Hatfield, Hewitt, Lincoln, Junction City, Marshfield, McMillan, Pittsville, Richfield, Rock, Spencer, Stratford, and Vesper.
Other participants include Batteries Plus, the DNR, Life Link, Marshfield Children’s Hospital, Mid-State Technical College-Wisconsin Rapids, Pioneer Bank, and Wood County Dispatch.
This year’s event honors the late Conroy Soik, the Marshfield Culver’s owner who helped found Get Fired Up For Safety and provided substantial support throughout the years.
For more details, go to the Get Fired Up For Safety Facebook page.