HURONTOWN - Two hundred firefighters from 24 departments competed in the 59th annual Copper Country Volunteer Firefighters Tournament in Hurontown and Houghton Saturday.
Throughout afternoon, firefighters raced up and down the Hurontown baseball and soccer fields in four events.
In one event, firefighters had to run to a dunk tank and pull out fire gear, then quickly put it on and carry a team member on a stretcher before dropping him into a box near the starting line.
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Members of the Hubbell Fire Department dive for equipment in the Copper Country Volunteer Firefighters Tournament in Hurontown Saturday. Allouez Township was named the overall winner of the tournament.
As the firefighters discovered, drenched gear is tougher to put on. But it actually provided some cover from the heat, said Tim Backman of the Dollar Bay Volunteer Fire Department.
"It feels good getting a little bit wet," he said.
Of the tournament as a whole, he said: "Good turnout, good weather - everything."
Mike Tarvis of the Boston Volunteer Fire Department called it the best tournament he's been to yet.
"The games are fun, totally different from what I'm used to," he said.
At 7 p.m., the firefighters reconvened in Houghton for the dress parade, putting on their formal uniforms for a march down Lakeshore Drive as crowds watched from the streets and the decks.
The parade concluded at Dee Stadium, where the firefighters danced to the music of Marshall Law and gathered for the presentation of awards. Allouez Township Volunteer Fire Department took this year's top honors.
"Every person here, we're volunteering our time for the community. This is just a little bit of fun we can have, and it's good," said Allouez Township firefighter John Cima.