30th CES takes Fire Muster Competition
By Jennifer Green-Lanchoney, 30th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published October 17, 2011
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Vandenberg members participated in the 6th annual Fire Muster competition Oct. 14 at the parade grounds here.
The Fire Muster competition was the final event in support of Fire Prevention Week.
This year's competition champions were the Pure Power Hot Chicks team, from the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron for the second year in a row.
"We always love to come out and support the fire dogs," said Laura Miz, 30th CES readiness chief and team member of the Pure Power Hot Chicks. "We look forward to taking on the base next year."
The team was one of 21 teams from various base agencies competing this year.
"The muster is getting bigger every year," said Mark Farias, 30th CES fire chief. "The fire department works hard on Vandenberg, taking on huge fires yearly, and it's cool that the community gets involved with what we do and can understand how we do it."
Teams started on different stations. Some on the fire truck pull, other on the bucket brigade or obstacle course, but each event proved its difficulty.
The fire truck pull required teams to pull a rope attached to a fire truck for about 50 feet.
"The fire truck pull was heavier than I through it would be," said Lt. Col. Timothy Harris, 1st Air and Space Test Squadron commander. "We are excited to get to the relay portion."
The bucket brigade challenged teams to throw buckets of water on a make-shift roof to fill a trashcan in the fastest amount of time.
"It was fun," said Senior Airmen Danielle Graham, 30th Space Communications Squadron client support technician. "No need for a shower after that portion."
Finally, the obstacle course required teams to do various firefighting tasks including running into a house filled with smoke and unrolling a fire hose.
"The obstacle course was tough, but easier than the fire truck pull," said Capt. Shane Walker, 30th Space Wing chaplain and member of the 30th SW chapel team. "We feel blessed for making it through."
"The Fire Muster competition was one heck of an end to fire prevention week," said Scott Balatgek, a 30th CES fire inspector.