Current Conditions

Cloudy
-3.1°C

Fire truck pull adds some heat to a hot day in Penticton

Conor McClarty of the Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department teamed up with the Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department's Rini Van Uden in a losing contest with Penticton Auxilary firefighters at the first annual Muscular Dystrophy Canada Fire Truck Pull, Saturday, June 6, 2015.
June 06, 2015 - 2:00 PM

PENTICTON - With a forecast calling for temperatures to climb above 30 Celsius for the weekend, many Penticton residents were heading for the beach for the first time this season or just relaxing in the backyard today. Others headed downtown this morning to pull a fire engine down Main Street. 

The first annual Muscular Dystrophy Canada Fire Truck Pull, June 6, hosted by the Penticton Fire Department, saw 17 teams participate in the fundraising event.

Fire inspector Mike Richards says they are really pleased with the turnout and plan to hold the event again next year.

“We’ve had entries from a cross section of the community, including local business, fitness centres, outlying fire departments and schools,” Richards says, who was busy tracking the various competitions this morning.

The media team pulls their way to a win against Penticton Auxilary during Saturday's fire truck pull.
The media team pulls their way to a win against Penticton Auxilary during Saturday's fire truck pull.

He says the department hopes to attract a couple of kids’ teams next year.

The teams competed in double knockout heats, each pulling a 31 foot fire truck, which weighs roughly 35,000 lb, a distance of 50 feet.

In the final, the Penticton auxiliary firefighters prevailed in the contest with staff from the Lake City Resort.

Richards says teams from Penticton High and Princess Margaret High Schools competed with the loser having to wear the opposite team's colours to school. Look for Pen High students in Maggie colours next week.

Seventeen teams representing business, schools and neighbouring fire departments participated in Saturday's fire truck pull downtown Penticton.
Seventeen teams representing business, schools and neighbouring fire departments participated in Saturday's fire truck pull downtown Penticton.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Steve Arstad at sarstad@infonews.ca or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

News from © InfoTel News Ltd, 2015
InfoTel News Ltd

  • Popular kelowna News
  • Comments

View Site in: Desktop | Mobile