On Saturday September 25, 2021, forty-eight juniors from around the county participated in the annual junior day that was canceled in 2020 due to Covid-19. The day started off with an auto extrication demonstration and then the juniors moved into stations to allow them to get hands on training. The groups moved between an EMS station, ladders, search and rescue, and engine company operations.
Following lunch, the juniors competed in a series of events and then ended the day with the battle of the bucket. The donning of the gear requires putting on full turnout gear and then getting into a fire engine. All four members of the team must have their gear on correctly with all snaps, buttons, and Velcro secure and then get into the fire engine. The stopwatch is not stopped until all 4 members have completed the drill. For the hydrant hook up, members of the team must take two sections of rolled up hose and hook to the hydrant while attaching both sections and a nozzle. Once the lose line has been assembled, the line is charged and bled down and then all 4 team members must advance the hose line to knock a tennis ball off a traffic cone. The bucket brigade requires team members to fill a barrel with water until a tennis ball comes out of a pipe attached to the barrel. Each team is given 3 buckets, and it is up to the team to determine how they want to utilize the team members and the buckets. The last activity of the day is the battle of the bucket which has a zip line with a bucket that can freely move from one side to the other. A team is placed on each side of the bucket with a charged hose line, the teams attempt to move the bucket with the charged hose line and can only advance the line when they have started to move the bucket towards the other team. The teams are attempting to push the bucket to the other side of the zipline. There were a few instances where the juniors decided to have a little extra fun and get some of the advisors wet throughout the day. While it was a series of competitions, it was really an afternoon of fun for all who participated.
The results of the competitions were as follows:
Donning of the Gear 3rd place - Gamber / 2nd place - Taneytown / 1st place - Hampstead
Hydrant Hook Up 3rd place - Lineboro Team 2 / 2nd place - New Windsor / 1st place - Pleasant Valley
Bucket Brigade 3rd place - Taneytown / 2nd place - Hampstead / 1st place New Windsor
At the end of the day, the juniors had an opportunity to meet the new Director of Fire EMS for Carroll County, who explained to the group how he had been involved with the junior program in Baltimore County. He pledged his support of the junior program and hoped that the junior program can expand to allow the juniors to come together more than once a year. The committee has discussed seeing the group come together multiple times throughout the year to focus on training and preparation for the annual junior day in September each year.