Convention Contest Rules

The 2018 Convention Rules Committee is:

Melvin Benamati, President ICFCA

Pete Yacovone, Station 260 Creekside

John Gromley, Station 150 Clymer

Mark Riva, Station 540 Commodore

John Rainey, Station 240 Cherryhill Township

 

If you have any questions regarding the rules contact one of the rules committee members.

 

There is a PDF attachment at the bottom of this page that includes diagrams for all contests.

 

 
General Rules
 
Indiana County Fire Chiefs Association Firefighter Convention

 

The purpose of the convention is to build camaraderie between firefighters and fire departments.  Any excessive disputes or arguments are not in the spirit of the convention, will not be tolerated, and violators will be removed from the convention grounds and banned from all contests.

 

Pre-registration for all events is strongly encouraged to help the host company plan.  However, teams may enter events up to the scheduled start times. Teams missing the drawing for position will participate last in the event.

 

Each team participant must be a member of the organization for which he/she represents.  An individual can represent only one organization throughout the convention.  A membership card or proof of membership must be furnished upon request.  Any participant and any organization violating this rule will be banned from all contests and all points earned to the time of violation will be forfeited.

 

The host organization cannot compete in any competitions.

 

Two teams per organization can be entered in any event.  All participants must remain on the team in which they started for the duration of the contest.  Each company can only receive one trophy per event and can only earn one set of points using the team finishing in the highest position.

 

Only one captain per team can attend the captains meeting.  Any discussion with the judges will be presented by or to the respective team’s captain and discussed with only that team captain. 

 

Protective gear must be provided by the participant and be NFPA compliant, unless otherwise stated in the rules for each contest.

 

All times will be rounded to the nearest tenth (0.1) second.

 

All ties in contest will result in a run off. 

 

All representatives of the rules committee in attendance at each event will report to the captains meeting.  If a dispute arises the rules committee will resolve the dispute and their decision is final.  If a rules committee member is a participant on a team involved in the dispute or member of the company involved in the dispute they will not be permitted to participate in the deliberations of the rules committee while resolving said disputes.

 

If for any reason a contest is cancelled all teams registered at the time of cancellation will receive two points for participation. The host department can only alter start times and event dates with the approval of the rules committee.

 

Any team intentionally damaging equipment or property of the host company will be financially responsible for replacing said equipment or property.  The individual or team will be disqualified from the contest. 

 

No points will be awarded for disqualification.

 

Out of association departments are welcome to participate.  However, they will be placed in a separate bracket and not compete against in-association departments.

 

Out of association trophies are the discretion of Host Company.

 

All contests with the exception of the proficiency contest will begin and be maintained wet until completion of contest.

 

The host company reserves the right to correct typographical errors or misprints.  Any discrepancy will be evaluated and resolved by the rules committee.   

 

 

Battle of the Barrel

 
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The Bruce Phillips revolving trophy will be awarded to the first place in-association team to be kept until the next convention.

 

Captains meeting will be held 30 minutes prior to the start of the contest.  All teams must have a team captain present.  Pairings will be determined at the captains meeting and each team will reveal its position at the time of the draw.

 

Teams will consist of a minimum of four members a fifth member will be permitted to serve as “coach” (ONLY).

 

Once the competition begins the original team must stay the same with the following exception.  Substitutions will be permitted for injuries only as referenced in rule 9.

 

Firefighter helmet and footwear covering the entire foot is mandatory.  All other gear is optional.

 

The nozzle person and first two back-up members must maintain contact with the hose during the entire battle.  The fourth member is permitted to rove.

 

Time will consist of four 2-minute periods. The clock will continue to run after a goal is scored.

 

A coin toss will determine the goal from which teams will start.  After each period teams will switch sides giving both teams two runs from each side.

 

Teams must have a different nozzle person for each period.  Once a nozzle person starts a period they must end the period unless injured.  In case of an injury the “coach” can replace the injured person.  The “coach” must then continue as the substitute for that member for the remainder of the day.  The injured member is not permitted to participate for the remainder of the battle of the barrel competition.

 

Scoring will be two points awarded for a goal and one point for possession at the conclusion of the 2-minute period.

 

Once in position the first whistle will be for water.  Upon receiving water, streams will be crossed above the barrel.  The second whistle is the signal for the battle to start.  If a whistle occurs during a battle it will indicate the end of the battle for a goal, the expiration of time, or safety issue.  Upon hearing a third whistle, nozzle persons will place their streams above the barrel until the water is terminated at the gated wye.

 

If a battle is terminated before the end of a period the teams will be positioned accordingly and the two whistle system will be utilized to resume the battle.

 

In case of a tie each team will be given a 1-minute period from each side.  The team will select the nozzle person of choice.  However, the same nozzle person cannot be used for both periods.  Overtime score will be kept in feet.

 

Any accidental or intentional loss of hose, lowering of hose at the other team, or squirting spectators will result in automatic forfeit of the battle and elimination from the battle.

 

There will be 100 feet of 1½” hose with a straight bore nozzle from a gated wye for each side. The gated wye will be connected to a 2½” hose line set at 120-psi pump pressure.  The host company will provide a safety person at the gated wye.  The host company will provide straight bore nozzles of the same make and model.

 

The center of the cable to the goal will be between 50 and 80 feet.  A 16-gallon beer keg will be attached to a cable with an eye.  The distance from the bottom of the keg to the street will be between 10 and 12 feet. 

 

Single or double elimination will be at the discretion of the host company.

  

Decisions of the judges are final.  Any excessive disputes or arguments will result in forfeit from the battle.

 

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in-association trophies will be awarded.  Out of association trophy discretion of Host Company. 

 

 
 
Pumping Contest     
 
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The James Hopkins memorial-revolving trophy will be awarded to the first place in-association team to be kept until the next convention.

 

Captains meeting will be held 30 minutes prior to the start of the contest.  All teams must have a team captain present.  Running order will be determined at the captains meeting and each team will reveal its position at the time of the draw.

 

Teams shall consist of six to eight members including the driver.

 

Full turn out gear (NFPA Compliant) including gloves is mandatory for all members.  Nomex hoods are optional.  The driver is not required to wear turnout gear.

 

Apparatus used in the contest shall be an apparatus that can respond and operate at fires with recognized standard equipment.  The apparatus must have a minimum of 500’ of 2½” hose or larger on the apparatus tested at 250 psi and certified by the chief.  A minimum of 150’ of 2½” hose, one nozzle and one section of 4” suction hose or larger must be used in the contest.

 

Speed coupling, quarter turn couplers, and modified couplers are not permitted.  Penalty is disqualification.

 

Water tank and pump must be drained prior to the start of the contest.  The judge will inspect the truck and the operator will open and close all controls upon request of the judge.  The operator is responsible to have all controls in the proper position prior to the start of the contest.

 

All members, except the driver, shall face away from the truck at the starting line while the truck is being positioned.  Driver will drive the truck to the tank and stop the truck when in position.  Driver only gets one stop; if reposition is required the penalty is 10 seconds.  Driver will place transmission in neutral or park and apply the parking brakes.  Driver must have wheel chocks in place (front and back of rear tire).  Pump transmission must be in the road or drive position, not neutral or pump position.

 

Truck must be started in the cab.  Master switch may be left in the on position.  The driver’s door may be left open.

 

Driver must pump the truck.  Pump discharge pressure cannot exceed 150 psi (No Exceptions) penalty will be 15 seconds.  Driver must specify choice of master or discharge gauge.  Judge must tape gauge selected at 150 psi.

 

Teams are permitted to use side discharges only.  Any team member can pull the discharge.

 

Starting line will be in front of the apparatus for all participants, except the break person, who will start in an area designated near the nozzle zone.  All the participants except the break person will start at the sounding of the whistle.

 

The contest is a hand lay of 150’ of 2 ½” hose with a nozzle already connected and placed in the center of the tailboard. All hose will be placed inside the beaver tails.  No hose can touch the tailboard at the start of the contest. 

 

Break person will remain in the designated box until at least one nozzle person is down in the nozzle zone on top of the hose.  Penalty is 10 seconds.  Flagrant penalty is elimination from the contest.

 

The host company will provide two back up members on the hose line behind the nozzle person outside the nozzle zone before water is discharged as a safety precaution.

 

Target will be a bowling pin on a 16-gallon beer keg.  Time will stop when the pin is knocked off the keg.  A 10-second penalty will be assessed for knocking the keg out of the circle. (Host Company will paint circle the same size as keg).

 

A 2-second penalty will be assessed for items that are dropped and not picked up before time is called.

 

A 2-second penalty will be assessed for every quarter turn in any hose coupler.

 

If any personnel or equipment is past the front of the nozzle zone after water is discharged a 10-second penalty will be assessed.

 

Any team accidentally or intentionally losing control of the hose or nozzle at any time will be disqualified.

 

Equipment failure, including but not limited to, broken hose or nozzle will result in disqualification.

 

Contest ends after judges check the contest area for any violation of rules.  A 10-second penalty will be assessed for any equipment touched by participants before the judge’s inspection is completed.

 

Decisions of the judges are final.  Any excessive disputes or arguments will result in forfeit from the contest.

 

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in-association trophies will be awarded. Out of association trophy discretion of Host Company. 

 

 
 
Firefighter Proficiency       
 
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Captains meeting will be held 30 minutes prior to the start of the contest.  All teams must have a team captain present.  Running order will be determined at the captains meeting and each team will reveal its position at the time of the draw.

 

Teams will consist of four members

 

Full turnout gear including SCBA that is NFPA compliant will be required.  All outside snaps and Velcro on coat and pant must be fastened; collar must be up with Velcro attached.  An attempt must be made to tightened SCBA straps.  At a minimum all SCBA straps, (with the exception of a chest strap) must be fastened and tight to accepted firefighting standards. Face piece is not required.  Second stage regulator and buddy breather can be removed if equipped).  All gear must be on before leaving the box.  Any violation will be assessed a 5 second penalty.

 

When whistle blows the first member will don their SCBA and proceed to ascend a ladder until both feet touch the fifth rung (marked by the host company).  The member will then descend the ladder touching each rung and maintaining three points of contact with the ladder at all times. The member will then tag the next participant.  Penalty for missing a rung is 5 seconds per rung. Penalty for not maintaining three points of contact is 5 seconds.

 

The second member upon being tagged will don their SCBA and pick up a 100 foot section of 1 ½” hose (high rise pack) and serpentine through five cones, place high-rise pack in the hose drop zone and tag the next participant. High-rise pack must be placed in the hose drop zone before tagging the next participant. Penalty for knocking over a cone is 5 seconds per cone.  Tagging the next participant before dropping the hose is a 10-second penalty. Hose outside hose drop zone is 2-second penalty.

 

The third participant will don their SCBA and advance a 50’ section of 1 ½” 120 psi charged hose line to the nozzle zone, discharge water knocking a bowling pin off a 16-gallon beer keg.  When the pin is knocked off the keg the member will gently drop the hose line and tag the next participant.  The host company will have a person at the shut off valve at all times.  Discharge of water while outside the nozzle zone is 10-second penalty (participant must be inside nozzle zone). Failure to completely shut off nozzle is 10-second penalty.  Accidental or intentional loss of control of the nozzle is elimination from the contest.  Knocking the keg out of the circle is a 10-second penalty. (Host company must paint circle same size as keg)

  

The fourth team member will don their SCBA and drag a dummy weighing between 75 and 150 pounds 50’ across the finish line.  The entire dummy must cross the finish line.  The host company will provide a safety mat.  If the dummy is not completely across the finish line a 10-second penalty will be assessed.  Failure to get the dummy to the finish line will result in a 30-second penalty.

 

Any gear lost by a participant during the run must be put back on before the station is finished and next member is tagged.  Penalty will be elimination.

 
Contest ends after the judge’s check the contest area for any violation.  10-second penalty for any equipment touched by participants before the judge’s inspection is completed.

 

Decisions of the judges are final.  Any excessive disputes or arguments will result in forfeit from the contest.

 

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in-association trophies will be awarded.  Out of association trophy discretion of Host Company.

 
Individual competition will follow the team event.  No points will be awarded toward the grand champion for the individual competition.  This is an open competition for in and out of association participants.
 
Categories
Men 18-26                    1st  & 2nd
Men 27-39                    1st  & 2nd
Men 40 & over              1st  & 2nd
Women Open               1st  & 2nd
Junior Firefighters        1st  & 2nd 
 
Female junior firefighters will have time count toward both the junior fire fighter and women competitions.

 

 
Hose Pull 
 
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Captains meeting will be held 30 minutes prior to the start of the contest. All teams must have a team captain present. Running order will be determined at the captains meeting and each team will reveal its position at the time of the draw.

 

Team will consist of (4) members.

 

Each member is required to wear footgear that covers the entire foot and a helmet (Gloves are optional).

 

Each team will have two runs, one from each box.  As one team is running the next team will set their equipment in the opposite box.

 

The course will be 140’ from the starting line to beginning of the nozzle zone.  The box for equipment will be 4’x 4’ and placed 4‘ from the starting line.  The nozzle zone will be 5’ and the keg will be 10’ from the end of the nozzle zone.

 

A 1½” gated wye will be connected to a 2½” hose line connected to a fire engine operating at 120 psi.  The side of the wye your team is using will be capped prior to the run. The host company must secure wye.

 

The host company has the right to shut down the water supply at any time for safety concerns.

 

Participants will start at the starting line.  Couplings cannot touch until removed from the box.

 

A whistle will signal the start of the contest.  Each member is responsible for a connection.  One member will connect the first section to the nozzle, a member will connect the first and second hose sections, a member will connect the second and third hose sections, and the final member will connect the third section to the gated wye and open the valve to flow water.  The nozzle person and at least one back up person must be completely in the nozzle zone prior to discharging water.  Discharging water from the nozzle without two members in the nozzle zone is a 10-second penalty. Accidental or intention loss of control of the nozzle is elimination from the event. The run ends when the pin is knocked off the 16-gallon beer keg.

 

The wye must be shut off and nozzle opened before the judge’s check the couplers.

    1. 5-second penalty for couplings touching inside the start box.
    2. 2-second penalty from every quarter turn in each coupler.  (Host Company must mark Couplers).
    3. 10-second penalty for knocking the keg out of the circle. (Host Company must paint circle same size as keg).
    4. 15-second penalty for knocking the keg over.
    5. A coupler coming apart is disqualification.
    6. 10-second penalty for any equipment touched by participants before the judge’s inspection.
Place will be determined by the total of the times from both runs.
 

 Decisions of the judges are final.  Any excessive disputes or arguments will result in forfeit from the contest.

 

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in-association trophies will be awarded.  Out of association trophy discretion of Host Company. 

 

 
 
Bucket Brigade
 
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Captains meeting will be held 30 minutes prior to the start of the contest.  All teams must have a team captain present.  Running order will be determined at the captains meeting and each team will reveal its position at the time of the draw.

 

Teams will consist of (5) members

 

All members must wear footwear the covers the entire foot and firefighting helmet (gloves are optional).

 

Each team will have two runs one minute in duration. The total of both runs will be added together for the total score.  The team with the highest score will be declared the winner.

 

The platform will consist of two five foot sections of standard scaffolding with a third five foot section used as a safety railing (scaffolding must be secured). The ladder will be tied to the left front of the scaffolding and extend a safe distance above the landing.

 

Two 55-gallon plastic or metal drums will be filled using (5) 10 quart buckets.  Drums can be positioned on the scaffolding deck to suit the team.  Either or both drums can be used during the contest.  The total number of inches from both drums will be added together for the total score.  Measurement will be to the closet quarter inch.  If any water is added to the drum after the whistle blows to end the run, one bucket of water will be execrated from the drum as a penalty.

 

Distance from the water tank to the ladder will be 25’.  Starting line is the front of the tank.

 

Any bucket that touches the ground will be eliminated from the run.  The scaffolding and ladder will be considered part of the ground.  Buckets left in the tank will be eliminated from the run.  The tank bottom is considered part of the ground.

 

If a team member falls and the bucket does not touch the ground, the bucket will still be considered in play.

 

Decisions of the judges are final.  Any excessive disputes or arguments will result in forfeit from the contest.

 

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in-association trophies will be awarded.  1st place out of association trophy will be awarded. Only one trophy per company per contest.

 

 
 
Parade     
 
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The Jim Zack memorial-revolving trophy will be presented to the in-association department judged to have the best overall unit in the parade. The trophy will be kept until the next convention. 

 

The host company is responsible to notify all association members of line-up location, line-up time and other specifics regarding the parade
 
Judging and the parade will be held rain or shine.

 

Each participating fire department will receive two points toward the Grand Championship.  Points will be awarded per department, not per number of apparatus entered.

 

All trophies will be awarded one-hour after the conclusion of the parade at the main stage.

 

Alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited on fire apparatus, at the registration site, and on the parade route.  Violation will result in loss of participation points and removal from the convention parade and grounds.

 

Apparatus remaining after the parade will be parked in an area designated by the host company.  Apparatus leaving the event prior to the trophy presentation will be contacted if a trophy is awarded to their department.

 

The parade may be temporarily stopped in the event of an emergency to permit responding apparatus to leave the parade route to respond.  No fire department in the parade will respond to an alarm for the host company without a direct request of the OIC from the host company.

 

Decisions of the judges are final.  Any excessive disputes or arguments will result in forfeit from the contest.

 

In-association trophies will be awarded as follows, additional trophies discretion of Host Company.

    1. Best Appearing Pumper 1995-older
    2. Best Appearing Pumper 1996-newer
    3. Best Appearing Rescue 1995-older
    4. Best Appearing Rescue 1996-newer
    5. Best Appearing Tanker
    6. Best Appearing Brush
    7. Best Support/Utility Vehicle 
    8. Jim Zack Memorial Trophy for Best Overall Unit

Out of association trophies, discretion of Host Company.

 

Open Competition for Best Appearing Antique Fire Apparatus in Parade
 
 

 

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Jody Rainey,
Apr 25, 2011, 3:03 PM
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