Fire crews to compete in old-time muster
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For the first time in 14 years, local fire departments will field teams to compete in old-fashioned events like a bucket brigade, hose cart races and a “keg shootout” Saturday, Sept. 15.

The event is called a “muster,” and was a common occurrence a century ago.

This time, more than 50 firefighters from Boulder Creek, Ben Lomond, Zayante, Scotts Valley and Branciforte fire departments will battle it out between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Roaring Camp Railroads, 5355 Graham Hill Road, in Felton.

Admission is free, and the parking charge has been halved to $3.

The keg shootout involves aiming a fire hose stream at a beer keg suspended from ropes.

Zayante firefighter Nathan Hudson organized the event, which also will include demonstration of a CALSTAR air ambulance, a display of antique fire engines, an obstacle course for kids and a bounce house.

Hudson said most events will occur from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the helicopter scheduled to land at 11:30. Roaring Camp’s outdoor barbecue lunch will be available.

“It has been a long time since we had one of these,” he said. “It’s good for the community to see how our departments work together.”

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