Columbia Fire Muster Draws Enthusiasts From Across Nation
Columbia, Ca — The streets of downtown Columbia were lined with fire fighters young and old this weekend for the 48th annual Fire Muster.
The event is put on by the Columbia Volunteer Fire Department Engine No. 1.
“It is to demonstrate all of the old vintage equipment,” says head organizer Dani Danicourt.It started many years ago between two fire companies, and it has progressed to where they come from all over.”
Making the furthest trip was a group of nine from Southbourough, Massachusetts. The group, known as the Falcons, traveled 3,100 miles. The club brought four pieces of equipment used in Saturday´s hand pumper competition.
“We haul our hand tub around the country to one place a year, and Columbia was the place this year,” says Falcons member Bill France. France says there was really no rhyme or reason as to why they picked Columbia. He says members of his group stay in contact with organizers of such events across the country, and they felt Columbia would make for a good trip.
Other highlights of the weekend included a parade, skills competition, and dance. The Fire Muster kicked off Friday evening, and wrapped up Sunday afternoon.
Written by BJ Hansen