Wednesday 27 October, 2010
Top six teams battle for overall honours at 2010 NSW Fire Brigades State
With just one day of competition to go, the teams from Dorrigo, Kelso, Glen Innes,
Kootingal (Rural Fire Service), Echuca (Victoria) and Muswellbrook Brigades are all
still in contention to be named the 2010 NSW Fire Brigades (NSWFB) State
These six teams lead a field of around 40 brigades after four days of hard fought
competition, during which 13 of the 16 events have been completed.
Director of Championships Assistant Commissioner Jim Hamilton said the 16 events
at this years State Championships are based on the skills and teamwork required of
todays firefighters, and include a range of ladder, pump and rescue scenarios.
The last round of competition today was the Rescue Event, which involves teams of
four firefighters simultaneously undertaking multiple emergency rescue functions,
Assistant Commissioner Hamilton said.
Each component of the event must be completed according to strict competition
rules, with penalties awarded for any variations or errors.
The Rescue event was taken out by Kelso, which has put them in a strong position
going into the final days competition.
The 2010 State Firefighter Championships concludes tomorrow with the two final
competition rounds, as well as a veterans event for senior officers, in which the NSW
Fire Brigades Commissioner Greg Mullins fields a team.
Aside from the excitement of the main competition, the State and Regional
Firefighter Championships provide an excellent opportunity for firefighters to engage
with local communities, Assistant Commissioner Hamilton said.
Visitors to the competition grounds, which this year included 1400 local school
children, not only get to see firefighters in action, but also receive important fire
safety messages as part of the NSW Fire Brigades Community Safety program.
Visit the 2010 State Championships website for the latest results, as well as
photographs, live footage and an archive of pictures and video footage from the first
four days of competition - www.firefighterchampionships.com.au/2010.
Media contact: David Southcott tel: 0408 877 479