Antique fire truck plans muster in Morenci 02.03.10

Written by David Green.

It sounds like another problem with the state boundary, but that’s not really the case. The reason this year’s Northwest Ohio Antique Firemen’s Association Muster might be scheduled in Michigan is because the Morenci Fire Department is a member of the group.

Through mutual aide and combined training exercises, the Morenci Fire Department has a close association with those across the border.

Morenci department member Steve Meller—a resident of Fayette—spoke to city council members Jan. 25 about the possibility of the muster crossing the line into Michigan for the first time.

Meller said the group is considering Wakefield Park for this year’s event July 24 and 25. Equipment and some campers would begin to arrive on the evening of July 23. There were 18 campers at last year’s event, he said.

Meller wanted to check with city council about the availability of dates and also because he learned there could be a concern about alcohol in the park. Alcohol would not be served, he said, but some participants might bring some to the event.

“I’ve been to numerous musters and there’s little alcohol involved,” he said.

Two years ago the event was at Harrison Lake State Park and the stipulation there was that any bottles of alcoholic beverage had to be covered.

Meller described the muster as a family function with anywhere from 100 to 200 participants. There are six competitions for fire-fighters and auxiliary members and several pieces of antique fire-fighting equipment on display.

Mayor Keith Pennington asked Meller to meet with the parks committee to discuss the specifics of what’s needed at the park and to check about conflicting events scheduled that weekend, since the event would use the circular drive at the entrance to the park.

Council member Jason Cook said it was a great idea to bring the event to the city. He would check at the Little League meeting for possible conflicts.

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