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Firefighters host July 4th waterball contest in Edmonds

Area firefighters will put their skills on display in the 2013 Edmonds Fourth of July Waterball Competition beginning at 2:30 p.m. at City Park, 3rd Ave. S and Pine Street, Edmonds.
Firefighters square off in last year’s Edmonds Fourth of July Waterball Competition. Photo credit: Snohomish County Fire District 1.

By Leslie Hynes, Snohomish County Fire District 1 Public Information Officer.

Area firefighters will put their skills on display in the 2013 Edmonds Fourth of July Waterball Competition beginning at 2:30 p.m. at City Park, 3rd Ave. S and Pine Street, Edmonds.

Volunteer firefighters from Snohomish County Fire District 1 will host the free event that has been a Fourth of July tradition in Edmonds for years.

Many families picnic in the park and watch the competition after the parade and before the fireworks show.

Waterball is a little like tug-of-war with water. Two teams of three-firefighters compete in each round using a fire hose to blast water at a ball suspended on a long overhead cable. The first team to push the ball over to the opposing team’s side wins.”

It takes a combination of teamwork, good communications and hose-line proficiency to win the competition.

Waterball may be just fun and games, but it requires some of the same skills firefighters need to successfully fight a fire.

After the competition, children will have an opportunity to tryout the fire hose (with some assistance from firefighters) and cool off in the water.

Fire District 1 is the largest provider of fire and emergency medical services in Snohomish County, with full-time staffing at 12 fire stations.

The department serves nearly 200,000 residents in unincorporated south Snohomish County, Brier, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace and Woodway.

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