Smith said the mentality and the brotherhood is the same but there are some differences as far as the area being divided by districts instead of cities like Norman and Moore. The firefighters there also do not make medical calls at all, he said.
“They have ambulances that run out of their stations but they don’t do the first responder things like most of us do here,” Smith said.
Bailey’s team member in the scratch competition, Blake Humbles, said the engines and the trucks look different, but much of the equipment was almost identical if not exactly identical to theirs.
“The engines and the trucks look completely different because they’re from a totally different manufacturer and they drive on the right hand side,” Humbles said.
This was Humbles’ first year to compete in the World Games, but he said he and Bailey have competed together in the past at the Western States Police and Fire Games, as well as the U.S. Police and Fire Games.
Humbles, a firefighter from Ontario, Calif., returned home from Northern Ireland with three gold medals. All of the medals were earned in the golf category, one of which was with Bailey.
All three of the firefighters said the people in Belfast were great hosts.
“I always thought that Midwest people were the nicest people I’d ever met and then I went to Ireland,” Humbles said.
Bailey said they are also a country that loves golf.
“They seemed to have a tremendous love for the game that came out of them,” Bailey said. “When you would compliment them they would just swell with joy.”
As he scrolled through pictures telling side stories here and there, it was clear that the experience was an experience of a lifetime. All of the firefighters plan on returning to the World Games in 2015 which will be held in Fairfax, Va.