Afton, Riverton and Newcastle lead the way after Day One

Bob Bonnar and Walter Sprague

Day One of State Fire Convention offers nail-biting action


After the first day of competition at the Wyoming State Fire Convention, the Afton City Department holds a razor thin .06 second lead over Riverton in the overall standings, and the host team from Newcastle is sitting in third place, less than a second behind the leaders.


“This is a tight one,” Newcastle Nozzleman Robert Munger said. “This is the way competition is supposed to be.”


The Drill Competition started with the Replacement Contest, which requires teams to replace a faulty hose with a new one in the middle of the run. Afton was the only team to complete the event in less than a half-minute. The Lincoln County team captained by Brock Brown clocked a 20.86 second run to claim the event. Logan Wilkes was the Plugman, Glenn Magee served as the Breaker, Taylor Roberts was the Clampman and Brian Erickson was the Nozzleman on the squad.


Riverton took second in the event with a time of 31.75 seconds, good enough to beat Newcastle by the thinnest of margins as the host team hit the target in 31.76 seconds.


Riverton took the top spot in the WYE Contest, where teams split two hoses at one of the breakers to form a “Y.” The Fremont County team, captained by Buddy Armstrong, posted the fastest time of 22.53 seconds with Matt Lee working as the Plugman, Cory Lucan as the Breaker, Mike Hutheson as the Clampman and Tyler Goff serving as the 1st Nozzleman.


The Newcastle squad, captained by Donny Munger, clocked a 23.76 to take second place. Seth Norrise, Ian D’Ambrogi, Robert Munger and David Scott rounded out the team that edged out third place Afton, who finished in 24.36 seconds.


After Day One, the overall team standings have Afton in first at a combined 54.22 seconds, followed by Riverton (54.28) and Newcastle (55.15).


A few teams will be looking to get back into the thick of things on Friday, when the teams will square off in the Double-Male, Double-Female Competition. Lander experienced two “blowouts” at the hydrant on Day One, and will look to get things going on Day Two. Torrington and Lingle were both represented by entirely new members in this year’s competition, and while they are a work in progress, Robert Munger reported that they impressed the other teams and will be coming at the hard now that they have a day of contest experience under their belts.


There will be only one timed event in the Drill Competition today, and the Convention will wrap up on Saturday with the final two events and the crowning of this year’s champions.

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