This news release from the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York was originally published in The Cortland Voice. It was NOT written by The Ithaca Voice. 

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CORTLAND, N.Y. — The Firefighter Winter Games are returning to upstate New York.

More than 300 firefighters from 32 fire departments across New York state are expected to take part beginning Friday, Feb. 5 in Cortland. That’s the largest field of competitors to date for the nine-year old event organized by the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York and co-sponsored by the Cortland County Firemen’s Association.

Photo courtesy of FASNY

The games allow fire departments to compete against one another and hone their training skills.Participants dressed in full gear will compete in several competitions, including tube races, a sled pull, and a hose relay.

The hose relay is a training ground that teaches firefighters how important it is to work together while fighting a fire.

Winter Games Schedule

Saturday Events

8:30 a.m. – Registration for Day’s Events at Greek Peak Adventure Center

9:00 a.m. – 12 noon – Tubing Racing at Greek Peak Adventure Center & Tubing Center (once a team has lost at Tubing, they go onto Sled Pull event).

9:30 a.m. – 12 noon – Sled Pull at Greek Peak in parking lot adjacent to Adventure Center & Tubing Center

12 noon – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch on own

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. – Hose Relay at Greek Peak in parking lot adjacent to Adventure Center & Tubing Center

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Tug of War at Greek Peak in parking lot adjacent to Adventure Center.

Sunday Events

7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Broomball Tournament – JM McDonald Sports Complex

7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. – Registration/Captains Sign in teams at JM McDonald Sports Complex

7:30 Games Start – and off the Ice by 1:00 p.m.

Awards Ceremony at the JM McDonald Center following Broomball Event

Event Venues

Greek Peak Mountain Resort – 2000 NYS Route 392, Cortland NY 13045

(Town of Virgil) – 607-835-6111

JM McDonald Sports Complex 4292 Fairgrounds Dr, Cortland, NY 13045

(607) 753-8100 – NEW VENUE for Broom Ball

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Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.