Volunteer Firefighters From Across New York State Participate in Hard-Fought, Ice-Cold Competition, Using Firefighting and Rescue Skills

The Firefighter’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) kicked off their 19th Annual Firefighter Winter Games in Cortland this weekend. Proudly hosted by the Greek Peak Mountain Resort. Volunteer firefighters from across the Empire State dressed in full turnout gear, and participated in a variety of winter events and races throughout the weekend at Greek Peak Adventure Park and Tubing Center.

With nearly 200 New York volunteer firefighters, from 25 departments ranging from Eastern Long Island to Northern New York, the competition was pretty intense. The games included tubing, sled-pull, Stoke’s basket carry, hose races, tug-of-war and broomball.

“The FASNY Winter Games are a nice opportunity to bring our members together from all parts of the state to have some fun all while using our firefighter and rescue skills,” says Edward Tase Jr., President of FASNY.

“While the association takes firefighting very seriously, it is nice to have this weekend to build an overall, state-wide comradery, show some department solidarity, and of course a bit of friendly competition. It is the perfect recipe for an exciting weekend.”

Each year, the Winter Games’ fierce fire department competition allows firefighters to hone in on important training skills. For example, the Hose Relay Event reinforces firefighters’ training on how important speed, efficiency and close teamwork is when fighting a fire. Other races also focus on key skills like communication, coordination, and using technology.

This year FASNY also returned to SUNY Cortland, where firefighters took to the ice and played broomball at the Park Center Alumni Arena on the morning of Sunday, February 4, 2024. An award ceremony followed broomball at the arena where the Marathon Fire Department  was crowned Overall Tournament Champions.

“Overall, the weekend at the FASNY Winter Games was great.” said Eugene Perry, 1st Vice President of FASNY, who participated at the Games in Cortland. “It was inspiring to see all of the volunteer firefighters have fun together, some meeting for the first time and networking with one another. These are attributes that the fire service also brings to the entire state; a sense of community, comradery, and collaboration. We hope more fire departments will join us next year including some new members so they can experience this weekend for themselves.”

 

Winners in Some of the Winter Game events included:

Tubing Event

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  • 1st Killowog Fire Department
  • 2nd Manorville Fire Department Team #4
  • 3rd Westmoreland Fire Department

 

Firefighter Obstacle Course

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& Service

  • 1st Marathon Fire Department – 1:13.63
  • 2nd Killawog Fire Department – 1:14.09
  • 3rd Fairmont Fire Department Juniors- 1:14.5

Hose Race

Sponsored by Fire -End

  • 1st Baldwinsville Fire Department –

Team 2 1:21.18

  • 2nd Marathon Fire Department – 1:25.95
  • 3rd Ronkonkoma Fire Department – 1:26.97

 

Tug-O-War

Sponsored by Hoffman Radio Network

  • 1st Apuila Fire Department
  • 2nd Baldwinsville Fire Department –

Team 1

  • 3rd Marathon Fire Department

 

Broom Ball Event

Sponsored by ESIP &

Jerome Fire Equipment / MSA

  • 1st Virgil Fire Department
  • 2nd Baldwinsville Fire Department – Team 1
  • 3rd Westmoreland Fire Department –

Team 1

 

Best Tailgating Setup

  • 1st South Onondaga Fire Department
  • 2nd Baldwinsville Fire Department
  • 3rd Home Town Heros – Marathon, Killawog, Cortlandville, Virgil Fire Departments

 

Longest Journey

  • Hampton Bays Fire Department

 

– Fire News photos provided by FASNY