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Feel the Burn

MUDCAT FALLS -- Fire Chief Smokey Whistler's dreams of glory for his squad at the Scott's Firefighter's Combat Challenge may have gone up in smoke this past week when Mayor Archie Alabaster's home burned to the ground while the FDMF crew practiced for the upcoming Toad Suck Daze qualifying event.

Having never placed better than thirty-eighth in a forty-two team field, Whistler's competitive fires had been fanned in hopes of getting to the World Challenge XII, scheduled to be held in Ottawa, Canada, this November. In a concentrated effort to improve the results of his team, the Chief has had been putting local firefighters through long, grueling hours of training.

Televised by ESPN, the Scott's Firefighters Combat Challenge is an international competition designed to encourage firefighter fitness and demonstrate the profession's skills to the public.

Unfortunately, when the Mayor dialed 9-1-1, no one was available to take his call, as the entire department was out hoisting, chopping, climbing ladders and dragging hoses in the parking lot out back behind the fire house.

Mayor Alabaster's only comment to this publication was, "If you'll excuse me, I need to have a few words with Chief Whistler right at the moment."



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