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Cold Water Challenge Face-off: John Buckman III vs. Ronald Siarnicki

Which one do you think completed the challenge first?


After a week of voting, the third round of the Cold Water Challenge Face-off guessing game has its winner! Chief Dennis Rubin, a frequent and regular contributing author to FireRescue1 and Fire Chief, easily handled Rick Markley, editor-in-chief of FireRescue1 and Fire Chief, with a total of 47 votes versus his 27 votes.

Chief Rubin advances to the Fiery Four semi-final round.

For those new to the game, the face-off challenge is simple: vote for who you think took the challenge first; we’ll reveal the true order after the bracket is complete.

Our mission is also simple: give firefighters a reason to have a bit of fun and keep the challenge alive — and the associated donations made to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

Cast your vote below on which fire service leader you think completed the challenge first. At the end of the game, contest winners will be randomly selected and will receive a FireRescue1 T-shirt and challenge coin as a prize.


Fire Chief John M. Buckman III is Fire Chief’s editorial advisor. He served 35 years as fire chief for the German Township Volunteer Fire Department in Evansville, Ind. He has served nine years as director of firefighter training for the Indiana State Fire Marshal Office. He was president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs in 2001-2002 and is a co-founder of the IAFC Volunteer and Combination Officers Section.

Fire Chief Ronald J. Siarnicki began his fire service career with the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department in 1978. In July 2001, Chief Siarnicki retired to take the position of executive director of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. He is also a frequent and regular contributing author to FireRescue1 and Fire Chief.

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