ESCATAWPA, Miss. (WALA) - On Saturday, June 8, the town of Escatawpa, Mississippi held its first annual Community Day.
Members of the community came out to the Escatawpa Volunteer Fire Department for food, fun, and a firefighter challenge.
Chief Donnie Lowery of the Escatawpa Volunteer Fire Department said his crew wanted to do something special for the community.
"The community itself needs this kind of thing. They need an event to get people involved. Give the community, have some fun. Get everybody together and just enjoy. Other than calling us when they need help, we'd like to have them out here and enjoy time with us too. Want to let them know we're here," said Chief Lowery.
At community day, young and old alike got to experience everything from a K-9 search and rescue to a demonstration with the Jaws of Life.
If the K-9 rescue and Jaws of Life aren't enough, all spectators had to do was wait for the finale.
"At the very end, our finale is going to be our firefighter challenge," said Lt. Calyton Lovett.
Four year veteran Lt. Lovett organized the event. He said the challenge is based on an actual firefighter combat challenge course.
"It's for us to have fun as well. We enjoy doing this for the community and everything but our sport is the firefighter challenge," said Lt. Lovett.
The firefighters had to go through a number of obstacles including lifting a 180-pound dummy over a makeshift window ledge, hammering on a Keiser sled, and running around some tires.
After using the hose to shoot a target, the firefighters dragged the dummy 75 feet to the finish line.
Spectators, especially children, gained valuable experience from the day.
"If we are in a fire, we have to put our hand on the door and see if it's hot and if it is, we go out the window," said Maggie Griffis.
"I learned when you go in the house, you do drop and roll and when the smoke comes out and you don't have no way out, you get out the window," said Azriel Griffis.
"We want to make this annual. We want to make it bigger next year. We encourage everybody next year to come," said Lt. Lovett.
If you would like to be involved in next year's event as a sponsor or vendor, contact the Escatawpa Volunteer Fire Department.
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