A long time ago in America, early firefighting efforts included the use of bucket brigades. The art of transferring water from a source to the fire with long lines of people using buckets. The first ones were made of leather, and later out of metal. We're sure that when the fire was out, at some point someone tossed a bucket of cold water on another, and a water fight was on. Fast forward to the use of fire hose and pumpers, and the tradition continued - firefighters are often very competitive, and both bucket brigades and water fights with hose streams became a regular part of fire musters in the 20th century.
We will be telling the stories of various sporting competitions held within the Marin County fire service, including hose cart races, water fights, musters, tug-of-wars, softball leagues, and more. This week we are starting the feature page on water fights. Research has so far uncovered water fights starting in the late 1940's, and continuing into the 1980's. We may learn of more. FD's participating in organized competitions included Novato, San Rafael, Corte Madera, Larkspur, Mill Valley, Tiburon, Kentfield, Alto-Richardson Bay, Sausalito, and more. We'll first feature the ones held in Larkspur, since we have some great early film footage and some good photos of the early days. Click here to go to this feature page:
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