Newcastle surges into the lead on Day Two

Bob Bonnar and Walter Sprague

The Newcastle Volunteer Fire Department used a first place finish in the Double Male/Double Female Contest at the Wyoming State Fire Convention Drill Competition on Friday to surge ahead of Afton and Riverton in the overall standings with a day of competition remaining.


The Newcastle team captained by Donny Munger clocked a 38.86 second time in the only event held on Friday at the Newcastle Fire Hall. Team members Layne Zerbst, David Scott, Robert Munger and Ian D’Ambrogi helped their captain set a pace that bested the Afton City team captained by Brock Brown by nearly a full second. The Lincoln County squad that includes Logan Wilkes, Glenn Magee, Brian Erickson and Taylor Roberts completed the event in 39.84 seconds.


That was good enough to best the Afton Rural team (Cody Wilkes, Monte Hess, Andy Sessions, Kade Hebdon and Rob Holland) by two full seconds after the rural contingent clocked a 41.94 to round out the top three.


Riverton was fourth in the event, followed by Torrington, Wheatland, Lander and Lingle.


While they changed positions from their final spots on Day One, the top three teams in the overall standings remained the same after Day Two and all three have a shot at claiming the title following the final two events on Saturday.


The host team from Newcastle will go into the final day with a razor thin lead over Afton City. Newcastle’s cumulative time after three events is 94.01 seconds, and Afton City is right on their tails with a time of 94.03. Although they have some work to do on Saturday, Riverton is well within range of the leaders and currently sitting in third place with a time of 96.70 seconds.


Lander (104.81) is in fourth place entering the last day of the competition, followed by Afton Rural (107.32), Torrington (112.86), Wheatland (112.90) and Lingle (122.29).


The 2021 Wyoming State Fire Convention Drill Competition will conclude with the Chop and Ladder contests at the Fire Hall in Newcastle, and an awards ceremony will wrap up the convention activities on Saturday evening.


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