VIDEO: Firefighters from different departments tested their skills on Saturday in a competition during the Western Pennsylvania Firemen’s Association’s annual conference, held for the first time in 22 years at Somerset Volunteer Fire Department.
The name of the game was “battle of the barrel.” The team that could use its hose to blast a barrel on a pulley along a cable above Union Street to the opposing team’s side won. Although there was talk of a championship, teams weren’t minding the score too much by the end of competition.
“We are just here to have fun,” Shanksville Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jim Bent said. “I think it’s a good event to get all of the firefighters together.”
Saturday’s activities included a parade and a live disc jockey.
Firefighters from at least 60 departments across Pennsylvania were expected to arrive in Somerset throughout the four-day conference that began Thursday.