Firefighters haul for a cause
Firefighters with the Atlanta Fire Rescue (AFR) Airport division have weighty responsibilities on a day-to-day basis, but on April 9 they carried the load for fun and charity.
The firefighters won both events at a plane pull fundraiser benefiting The Arc of Georgia held near the south cargo facility. The 25-person team pulled the 160,000-pound plane 12 feet in the shortest time (6.2 seconds, compared with 7.3 seconds for runner-up FedEx) to take home the trophy.
In a separate competition, the AFR Airport division team won for successfully pulling the FedEx Airbus 310 freighter with the fewest team members (15).
Randall Slaughter, deputy chief of the Airport division of Atlanta Fire Rescue, said it was a pleasure to participate in the fundraiser.
“Several of our Airport firefighters called it a tremendous morale booster!” he said.
More than 500 people attended the event, which involved 15 participating teams and their families and friends. It featured face-painting; a disc jockey; catering by the Varsity; educational displays, including a demonstration of the Atlanta Police Department bomb squad’s robots; and a refreshing “rainfall” provided by the fire trucks to cool off the children.
The money raised went to The Arc of Georgia, a nonprofit organization that advocates for the rights and full participation of people with developmental disabilities.
The Atlanta Fire Rescue Airport division team pulls the FedEx plane during the 25-person contest. The team won with a time of 6.2 seconds to pull the plane 12 feet.
The AFR team also won the contest for which team could pull the plane with the fewest members. Fifteen firefighters were able to pull the FedEx Airbus 310 freighter.
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