Firefighter Winter Games return to Cortland this weekend

Firefighters compete in the Firefighter Winter Games at Greek Peak Mountain Resort in Virgil in 2018 (Photo: FASNY)

CORTLAND, N.Y. — More than 300 firefighters from 31 departments are registered for the annual Firefighter Winter Games to be held this weekend in Cortland.

“And more teams are expected to register,” said Jennifer Gundersen, of the Fireman’s Association of the State of New York. FASNY is co-sponsoring the games with the Cortland County Fireman’s Association.

Registration is held on Friday and the games kick off on Saturday and continue Sunday. The events feature fierce competition and camaraderie among the different departments. The games, which will be held at Greek Peak Adventure Park and Tubing Center, include a sled pull, tube racing, tug of war, hose relay and more.

Every year, the winner of each event is honored in The Volunteer Firefighter magazine. All participants in the Winter Games receive medals and the top three teams in each event receive trophies.

Winter Games Schedule

Friday: 5 to 8 p.m.: Registration at Country Inn and Suites, 3707 NYS Route 281, Cortland.

8:30 a.m.: Registration for day events at Greek Peak Adventure Park and Tubing Center, 2000 Route 392, Cortland
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Tube Racing at Greek Peak
9:30 a.m. to noon: Sled Pull at Greek Peak
12 to 1 p.m.: Lunch break
1 to 2:30 p.m.: Hose relay at Greek Peak
2:30 to 4 p.m.: Tug of War Greek Peak
Additional activities to be announced before or at the time of the games.

8 a.m.: Registration for day events at Alumni Ice Arena at Park PER Center, Cortland College Campus at corner of Stratton and Folmer Drive
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Broomball Tournament at Alumni Ice Arena at Park PER Center
12:30 p.m.: Awards Ceremony at Park PER Center

Participating departments as of Wednesday:

Baldwinsville Volunteer Fire Company, Inc.
Chenango Bridge Fire Company, Inc.
Clay Volunteer Fire Department
Coventry Volunteer Fire Company, Inc.
Fairville Volunteer Fire Department Explorer Post 751
Farmingville Fire Department
Hampton Bays Fire Company, Inc.
Homer Fire Department
Islip Terrace Fire Department, Inc.
Killawog Fire Department
King Ferry Fire Department
Lake George Fire Department
Lakeside Fire Department
Marathon Fire Department
Mattydale Junior Fire Department
McLean Fire Department, Inc.
Medford Fire Department
Moyers Corners Explorer Post 209
Neptune Hose Company No. 1, Inc.
Dryden Fire Department
Norwich Fire Department
Owego Fire Department
Oxford Fire Department
Port Crane Fire Company, Inc.
Sag Harbor Fire Department
Sanitaria Springs Fire Company, Inc.
Selden Fire Department
Tully Hose Company No. 1
Vernon Fire Department
Walton Fire Department
Whitesboro Volunteer Fire Department

For more information on the games, visit