Many of the fire departments that were expected to participate instead went to College of the Siskiyous to participate in the county wide Hall Drills for vegetation fires that was conducted over the weekend which accounted for this year’s low turnout.

The McCloud Volunteer Fire Department held their 10th Annual Fireman’s Muster on Saturday.

Led by the American Legion’s Honor guard, a parade of fire engines and emergency vehicles from Bella Vista Fire Department, US Forest Service Fire Department and the McCloud Volunteer Fire Department slowly made their way through town to compete at Hoo Hoo Park.

The parade was hosted by McCloud firefighter/medic Angie Matthews and her son Sam. With flashing lights on, candy was thrown from the trucks to the many children and tourists who came out to watch at 10 a.m.

Many of the fire departments that were expected to participate instead went to College of the Siskiyous to participate in the county wide Hall Drills for vegetation fires that was conducted over the weekend which accounted for this year’s low turnout.

Announcer Jerry Hill was the game coordinator.

Merlin Garcia, who is a cadet for the McCloud Fire Department, and County Supervisor Brandon Criss, who is a volunteer fire fighter in Butte Valley, also participated in the muster.

The Forest Service placed first in the Barrel Roll, Make a Line, Hose Roll, and Wet Line Extension.

Bella Vista FD placed first in the Midnight Alarm and the Bucket Brigade.

Many of the firefighters received awards.

Calvin Harris who works with the Forest Service in Tahoe came with his friends to support the Muster.

“I am proud that McCloud has been keeping this going every year. It’s hard to keep things going in a small town,” Harris said.

Supporters of the Muster included the McCloud Fire Safe Council and McCloud Outdoors store. Squaw Valley Riding Club sold beer, and the McCloud Fire Department Association had a booth for selling hats and T-shirts and another booth for selling hamburgers and hot dogs.

“Big or small, the McCloud Fire Department will rise above it all to serve its community with pride, respect and honor,”said McCloud Fire Chief Steve Boone. “This fundraiser will continue to happen as long as I’m the fire chief. We enjoy connecting with the community and making new friends with the other departments while competing in these events.”

Funds raised from the Fireman’s Muster and the tri tip dinner that followed will go toward fire uniforms and remodeling the fire hall.