The Bellevue Fire Department, in association with the Washington Association of Future Firefighters, will host a "fire muster" on Saturday, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
The public is welcome to watch fire explorers and cadets from around the region compete in firefighting and emergency medical services events at the Bellevue public safety training center, 1838 116th Ave. NE.
The participants are between the ages of 14 and 21 and they are typically youth who have an interest in firefighter/EMS careers. Many fire departments sponsor fire explorer programs to expose young people to the typical duties of firefighters.
Events for the muster will include competitions in mass-casualty triage, breathing apparatus and bunker clothing don and relay, search and rescue, ropes and hoisting, "make-and-break" and hydrant connection.
The make-and-break is particularly noteworthy. Competitors must demonstrate good hand-eye coordination to quickly connect and disconnect a fire hose. Steely nerves help too, as the simple task of connecting a hose becomes difficult when you're racing the clock.
There will be reviewing area reserved for the public who come to watch.
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