Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE -

HAR­VEY Vol­un­teer Fire and Res­cue Bri­gade heaved hoses with the best on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 3, com­pet­ing in the Bun­bury Pic­nic Demon­stra­tion against brigades from across WA, claim­ing joint first.

Har­vey was rep­re­sented by two teams in the A and C grades with A grade win­ning equal first along with Bassendean.

Bri­gade cap­tain Scott Britza said the event show­cased the skills from fire­fight­ing’s past with carts and hoses.

“It’s the tra­di­tional way they used to fight fires,” Mr Britza said.

Com­peti­tors took part in a num­ber of events on a track, in­clud­ing sprint­ing for­ward with the cart, hos­ing down from the top of a lad­der or on the ground and could com­pete as in­di­vid­u­als or in teams up to eight.

“Each event is dif­fer­ent and re­quires a dif­fer­ent amount of peo­ple,” he said.

Har­vey bri­gade has its own track on which it trains two days a week for the sum­mer com­pet­i­tive sea­son, in ad­di­tion to its vol­un­teer du­ties.

Mr Britza said the bri­gade looked for­ward to the State Cham­pi­onship held just af­ter the Labour Day long week­end and a trip across the Nul­la­bor soon af­ter for the Vic­to­rian Ur­ban Fire Bri- gade Cham­pi­onships in Bendigo. “We’ve gone over (East) for the last 10 years and we al­ways have a great time,” he said.

Mr Britza said the Har­vey teams had a good mix of older ex­pe­ri­enced mem­bers and younger, faster mem­bers.

“That’s one of the rea­sons why Har­vey has been able to com­pete against the big strong met­ro­pol­i­tan brigades,” he said.

In the State cham­pi­onships last year, Mr Britza said the Har­vey team lost to Bassendean by only one point.

“This year we’re hope­fully look­ing good to take the top spot,” he said.

Pic­ture: Mitchell Wood­cock

Har­vey Vol­un­teer Fire and Res­cue Bri­gade mem­bers Chris Ainsworth, cap­tain Scott Britza and Tim Eger­ton-Green com­pete in the hose and lad­der event on Sun­day.

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