Skills and equipment on display at 4th Annual York Fire Muster

John A. Pavoncello
York Dispatch

Dozens of vintage and classic ladder and fire trucks were on display at Cousler Park in Manchester Township during the 4th Annual York Fire Muster on Sunday, Oct. 1.

Most of the equipment on display is owned by private collectors or, as in the case of historic hand-pumps on display, the York County Fire Museum.

Along with the equipment, several vendors who specialize in historic firefighting gear were on hand.

Event coordinator Bob Straw said the purpose of the muster is to preserve the history of firefighting.

"When you buy an old (fire) truck, you don't want to put red, green and yellow hose on the back, you want to put on what was originally on it," Straw said. 

One highlight of the event was the Firefighter Skills Challenge. Contestants in the challenge had to complete five events that included the sledgehammer drive, body drag and ladder raise.

The challenge was a first for 15-year-old junior firefighter Kaitlynn Hopple from Red Lion Fire Department.

"Because I'm a girl, and I'm weaker than them, most of the guys, ... it's a challenge, but I can do the same skills that they can, it's just a little harder," said Kaitlynn, who finished in second place in the junior division.

Plans are in the works for next year's muster, according to Straw.

"The T-shirts are designed, and we are going to feature Mack (trucks) next year, I'm just not sure where I'm going to put all of them," he said.