By Ms. Dawn M Arden (Leonard Wood)June 4, 2015
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (June 4, 2015) -- Nine teams competed in Fort Leonard Wood's inaugural First Responder Muster Saturday on Fort Leonard Wood.
The 562nd Firefighter Detachment, 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, won the first-place trophy, despite the soggy conditions.
Six of the nine teams were assigned to the installation, while the others were from Waynesville, Roby, Missouri, and Tri-County communities (Pulaski, Camden and Laclede).
"We put our team together and came out here to represent the firefighters who we work with every day," said Michael Pineda, 562nd Firefighter Detachment.
In addition to Pineda, the winning team was composed of Spcs. Alex Fleites, Mario Garcia and James Brotz.
Pineda said a little rain would not keep firefighters away, since they are used to working with water.
Those competing were not the only ones who braved the weather. Activities were also set up to keep the kids entertained, prompting some Families to take the chance and come out.
James and Amanda Steelman, military Family, brought their three children out due to their son, JJ's, obsession with fire trucks and firefighters.
"He's into all things fire trucks and firefighters, we were hoping it didn't get canceled with the weather," Amanda said.
Col. Andy Herbst, Garrison commander, said he was very pleased with the turnout at the inaugural event and explained participants and spectators would decide if this will become an annual event.
"We'll do an after-action review of this event and see whether or not the comments are positive for doing another one," Herbst said.