The 139th Annual Iowa Firefighters Association Convention came to an end over the weekend, but Forest City businesses and residents benefitted greatly from the event. Local restaurants were generally full during meal rush times and many stores and shops saw an increase in sales.
For the Forest City residents, it was a chance to watch firefighters fiercely compete in skills competitions that demonstrated the requirements of the job. On Saturday, over 1,000 firefighters competed in various events for state bragging rights. Onlookers watched everything from the techniques used in hooking up firehoses to team coordination drills.
On Friday night, Forest City firefighters reportedly had to use those skills in real life as a fire broke out in a residential garage. Then on Saturday night, paramedics were called to assist in a medical emergency in front of the Forest Theater.
The emergency on Saturday was preceded by a large scale parade that went up Clark Street and on to past Waldorf University.
The drone camera hangs above the Atlantic Fire Truck.