Saint Andrews – On Sunday, Oct. 21, the Fundy Firefighters Association will be hosting their first annual Fire Truck Pull, in support of Muscular Dystrophy Canada. This event will take place on Water St. in Saint Andrews, beginning at 12 p.m. Teams compete to see who can pull a fire truck 100 feet in the shortest amount of time.
Kevin Theriault, Saint Andrews fire chief, said there will be teams of eight people per team, and that this is a timed competition against other teams. The average weight of the fire truck being pulled is about 35,000 pounds, and all money raised will go directly to Muscular Dystrophy Canada.
“Muscular Dystrophy Canada does quite a few of these for fundraising. I think there are six or seven in the province all together. I know there is one in Sussex, one in Fredericton, and one in the northern part of the province,” said Theriault.
When asked how he and his department came to enter a team in this event, Theriault said he was contacted by Sussex fire fighter Dan Hamel, organizer of the Sussex fire truck pull.
He said Hamel came to him and asked if the Fundy Firefighters Association wanted to take part in this event as well.
Theriault said, “We decided to try one and see how it went. This is the provincial championships for the truck pull, and the final pull of the year.”
The Fire Truck Pull will be held in Downtown Saint Andrews, on Water Street. Theriault said the street will be shut down during the event, and no traffic will be allowed to get through until the event is over. Anyone wishing to attend is encouraged to get there early in order to find a place to park and a great spot to watch from.
“Come on down and cheer the teams, and have a fun day,” said Theriault. “We will be right on Water Street. We’re closing the street for the afternoon. Weather permitting, it should be a great day.”