The 33rd annual Southampton Fire Department muster will take place this weekend, with several events for kids and adults.
The event, which will feature approximately 20 fire departments from the East End and the rest of Long Island, as well as Queens and Connecticut, will take place on Pond Lane starting at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. Plans are in the works for alarm and efficiency races, as well as lakeside drafting and whaleboat races, and souvenirs and food will be available.
This week, 1st Assistant Chief Mike Kampf said the event is designed to bring the community together and showcase the members of the Southampton Fire Department. “It is a camaraderie and team-building event,” he said. “The events are from way back and show the team coming together.”
The event will kick off at 9:30 a.m. with an antique fire truck parade traveling from Railroad Plaza down Main Street, before turning up Jobs Lane and ending at Agawam Park. Once the parade winds down, the firefighter competitions will begin, and the boat races will launch at 10:30 a.m. on Lake Agawam.
Mr. Kampf said that while it is fun to watch the firefighters’ races, particularly the whaleboat races, they are more for building team spirit among the fire departments by getting them together to have fun.
During the event, the Southampton Fire Department will have several of its trucks on display, with a few available for kids to sit in. Other departments will also bring trucks, which will be on display on Pond Lane.
There is no admission fee for the day. T-shirts and other souvenirs will be sold, and hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken will also be available for purchase.
“It helps bring the community together,” Mr. Kampf said. “It is something the kids and the parents both like. Anything with firefighting the kids like, and the parents love to see the old trucks.”