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Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

Marines compete in rodeo on base

By Lance Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | September 26, 2012

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The Marine Corps Air Station Miramar team circulates buckets during the Bucket Brigade portion of the 2012 Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Rodeo at Lake O'Neil aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Sept. 22. The Miramar team won this event by transfering buckets of water from one basin, 18 feet to the other, with a time of 2 minutes, 6 seconds, and 18 milliseconds.

The Marine Corps Air Station Miramar team circulates buckets during the Bucket Brigade portion of the 2012 Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Rodeo at Lake O'Neil aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Sept. 22. The Miramar team won this event by transfering buckets of water from one basin, 18 feet to the other, with a time of 2 minutes, 6 seconds, and 18 milliseconds. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz)


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The Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton team races to cut through a metal drum faster than the MCAS Yuma and MCAS Miramar teams during the 2012 Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Rodeo at Lake O'Neil aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Sept. 22. Pendleton won this event with a time of 27 seconds and 88 milliseconds.

The Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton team races to cut through a metal drum faster than the MCAS Yuma and MCAS Miramar teams during the 2012 Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Rodeo at Lake O'Neil aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Sept. 22. Pendleton won this event with a time of 27 seconds and 88 milliseconds. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz)


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A Marine from the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma team races to put the rest of his gear on during the Bunker Gear Relay event at the 2012 Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Rodeo at Lake O'Neil aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Sept. 22.

A Marine from the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma team races to put the rest of his gear on during the Bunker Gear Relay event at the 2012 Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Rodeo at Lake O'Neil aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Sept. 22. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz)


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Flame and heat resistant bunker gear are lined up waiting for the Marines of Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, MCAS Yuma and MCAS Miramar during the 2012 Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Rodeo at Lake O'Neil aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Sept. 22.

Flame and heat resistant bunker gear are lined up waiting for the Marines of Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, MCAS Yuma and MCAS Miramar during the 2012 Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Rodeo at Lake O'Neil aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Sept. 22. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz)


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Lance Cpl. Daniel Nerzig, an aircraft rescue fire firghter of Maring Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, Calif., sprints back to the finish line during the Bunker Gear Relay event of the 2012 Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Rodeo at Lake O'Neil aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Sept. 22.

Lance Cpl. Daniel Nerzig, an aircraft rescue fire firghter of Maring Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, Calif., sprints back to the finish line during the Bunker Gear Relay event of the 2012 Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Rodeo at Lake O'Neil aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Sept. 22. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz)


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The Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton team rushes to stretch a fire hose to the end of a 300 foot course, and shoot down a bucket set up at the end, faster than the MCAS Yuma and MCAS Miramar teams, during the 2012 Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Rodeo at Lake O'neil aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Sept. 22. The MCAS Camp Pendleton team won with a time of 21 seconds and 16 milliseconds.

The Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton team rushes to stretch a fire hose to the end of a 300 foot course, and shoot down a bucket set up at the end, faster than the MCAS Yuma and MCAS Miramar teams, during the 2012 Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Rodeo at Lake O'neil aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Sept. 22. The MCAS Camp Pendleton team won with a time of 21 seconds and 16 milliseconds. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz)


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Three Marines from the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma team compete in a Firman's carry event during the 2012 Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Rodeo at Lake O'Neil aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Sept. 22.

Three Marines from the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma team compete in a Firman's carry event during the 2012 Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Rodeo at Lake O'Neil aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Sept. 22. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz)


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The Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton team cheers on a team mate as he rushes to the finish line during the 2012 Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Rodeo at Lake O'Neil aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Sept. 22.

The Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton team cheers on a team mate as he rushes to the finish line during the 2012 Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Rodeo at Lake O'Neil aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Sept. 22. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz)


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(Left to right) The Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton team, MCAS Miramar team and the MCAS Yuma team pose with their awards after the 2012 Aircraft Rescue Fire Firghting Rodeo held at Lake O'Niel aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Sept. 22. The over-all winner of the competition was MCAS Camp Pendleton, with a time of 10 minutes, one second, and 25 miliseconds.

(Left to right) The Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton team, MCAS Miramar team and the MCAS Yuma team pose with their awards after the 2012 Aircraft Rescue Fire Firghting Rodeo held at Lake O'Niel aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Sept. 22. The over-all winner of the competition was MCAS Camp Pendleton, with a time of 10 minutes, one second, and 25 miliseconds. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz)


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MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- The firefighters connected hoses in a race against time. One turned up the water pressure as another gripped a nozzle and sprinted.

It was the hose leg of the 2012 Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Rodeo, a five-event timed competition at Lake O'Neil here Sept. 22 in which Marines from the air station here and from stations in Yuma, Ariz., and Miramar, Calif., demonstrated proficiency with firefighting gear.

Competition started with a 150-foot bunker-gear relay, a 100-foot fireman's carry and a 300-foot hose stretch to knock over a bucket.

"All the events we do are things we do in response to an emergency," said Staff Sgt. Alexander Temple, a section leader and crash-response chief for Marine Wing Support Squadron 372 at the air station here.

Next was a race to saw through a metal drum, followed by the Bucket Brigade, an 18-foot passing of water buckets from one tub to another.

Organizers withheld result times for each event and announced winners in a closing ceremony.

The Camp Pendleton team placed first in three events and narrowly landed in first place overall with a finish time of 10 minutes, 1 second and 25 milliseconds.

"We got our best times today out of all our practices," said Lance Cpl. Daniel Nerzig, an aircraft-rescue firefighter at the air station here. "We did better today than we ever have. It just felt like we were out there having fun. It is a really good feeling knowing that we did win this, even if it was by one and a half seconds."



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