Chili Cookoff

Chili Cookoff

Idaho firefighters honor their fallen at 11th annual ceremony in Boise

MERIDIAN, Idaho — Firefighters are used to walking into hot situations on the job, but on Saturday they had to take the heat in the kitchens during their 11th annual Meridian Firefighters Pipes and Drums Chili Cook-off.

Fifteen teams served their best chili during the event to raise money for the Pipes and Drums Band, a band that plays during special events, department ceremonies and public service events.

Funds raised during the cook-off also go towards the Honor Guard and people who have lost their homes in fires.

The event also helps bring the Meridian Fire Department and the community they serve together.

“Its really one of the things that us firefighters, we love serving our community, we love tying in with the public we serve, and so for us firemen to come be apart fo these public events and support a good cause is a good time,” firefighter Erik Smith said.