03/05/09 89 W, 2 I - + 16 - 13 Tournament Rules, 1916

For some 50 years, the North Carolina State Firemen's Association conducted contests at its yearly conventions. Firefighters from across the state competed against each other, making and breaking "world's records" that they proudly boasted about. From the proceedings published after the 1916 conference, conducted in Raleigh on July 18-21, here's what the rules looked like. The contents include hand, horse, and steam apparatus competitions, and a foot, sack, and barrow race. You can also read newspaper accounts of the tournaments, or learn more about past conferences.

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