In the fire service, it seems that firefighters are competitive by nature. No matter if it is during a training drill, in a seminar, or on the fire scene…firefighters always want to do their best and not be the weak link. Things are no different in the Tri-Cities. Since firefighters love to eat, or at least that is the general impression that the public has on the fire service, what better way to raise money for a charity than to host a rib eating competition.
On Tuesday, July 8, 2014, members of the Johnson City Professional Firefighters Association IAFF Local 1791 and members of several volunteer fire departments in Sullivan County, TN participated in a rib eating contest hosted by Texas Roadhouse in Johnson City, TN. The teams consisted of 10 people each with members starting at one end of the table and working down the line. The first firefighter on each team started off by having to eat a half rack of ribs, mashed potatoes, and two bread rolls. The firefighter that was at the end of the table had to finish his plate before the next competitor could begin eating. The first team that had all 10 members to clean their plates were deemed the “winners,” when in reality, everyone was a winner since the money being raised was for charity.
The Johnson City Professional Firefighters Association ended up taking the win and received $220 to donate to charity. The JCPFFA will donate the money to an International Association of Firefighters charity. Members of the JCPFFA really enjoyed the competition and brotherhood that was shared by all who attended the event. The firefighters that participated in the first event of its kind hope that this will become an annual event that will expand to include other fire departments in the future.