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Cape Coral firefighters tentatively set new World Record

September 28, 2013
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Cape Coral firefighters successfully completed a world record setting attempt by pulling a fire engine one mile in just over 11 minutes Saturday.

Cape Coral firefighters came out in force, putting together a team of 50 members to pull a fire engine down Chiquita Boulevard. The team began the pull south of the Publix Supermarket at Southwest 50th Street and Chiquita Boulevard after a motivational speech by Fire Chief Timothy Hayes. Hayes then joined into the group and helped pull the fire engine to the entrance of Cape Harbour. The one mile distance was certified and surveyed by the City of Cape Coral. Photographers and videographers were on site to document the event for submission to the Guinness Book of World Records.

A search of the official Guinness website found no official time listed for pulling a fire engine by hand, but the instructions sent to the Fire Department indicated that the pull should be completed within 30 minutes.

Article Photos

Firefighters flank Cape Coral administrative Chief Jim Heikkila (left), Fire Chief Timothy Hayes, Division Chief of Training Ryan Lamb, Engineer Jim Newland (in full fire gear) and Lt. Greg LaCoste following the team of 50 firefighters pulling a fire engine one mile in 11 minutes, tentatively setting a new world record on Saturday. Annabelle Starr, battling cancer and the reason for the fundraising event, is posed in the center of the windshield surrounded by firefighters who helped raise money for her and other battling cancer here in the Cape.

Source: Cape Coral Fire Department

"There was a laundry list of rules and regulations we had to adhere to," said Division Chief Ryan Lamb in a prepared statment. "We had to make sure every aspect of the pull was properly documented."

The 50 firefighters were able to pull the fire engine in just over 11 minutes and, if certified by Guinness, will give Cape Coral Fire Department the World Record of the fastest time a team pulls a fire truck one mile.

The pull was a team effort between the Cape Coral Fire Department and the Pink Heals Tour, which had a pink fire engine on site for display.

The Department is now awaiting the official acceptance of the effort. If everything holds true and is accepted, the time of 11 minutes 5 seconds will be the new World Record, officials said.

Source: Cape Coral Fire Department

 
 

 

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