- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

CORTLAND, N.Y. (AP) - The Firefighter Winter Games are returning to upstate New York.

More than 300 firefighters from 32 fire departments across New York state are expected to take part beginning Friday in Cortland. That’s the largest field of competitors to date for the nine-year old event organized by the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York and co-sponsored by the Cortland County Firemen’s Association.

Participants dressed in full gear will compete in several competitions, including tube races, a sled pull, and a hose relay.

The games allow fire departments to compete against one another and hone their training skills.

The hose relay is a training ground that teaches firefighters how important it is to work together while fighting a fire.

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