Junior fireys have a blast at comp
Junior members of the Geraldton Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service travelled all the way to North Fremantle recently to showcase their skills and compete against other brigades from across WA.
The Junior Fire and Rescue Services Association Championships is an annual event open to children aged 11-17.
This year’s event, held over the weekend of November 25-26, saw teams take part in several challenges, including connecting hoses in a certain order before shooting targets with water and competing for the quickest time.
Team Geraldton coach Brendan McCann said the six members who competed had a blast. “They love going to the competition and interacting with other kids and running on a full-sized track, as we’re fairly limited in Geraldton at this stage,” he said.
Mr McCann said the event provided a valuable training experience for the youngsters.
“It gives them teamwork experience and knowledge and skills for them to move up into the senior ranks and actually become firefighters,” he said. “It’s also a good bonding experience, because there were 13 different brigades and they were competing against kids from all over the State.”
Although team Geraldton did not win, Mr McCann said they put on a strong performance.
“They performed really well considering a competition environment in a full-sized track is fairly new to them,” he said. “There were a lot of nerves but they managed to pull it together at the end and get a few points on the board.”
Mr McCann said it was the second time Geraldton had taken part in the competition, following on from 2016. He said the Geraldton Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service was always looking for new junior recruits and encouraged all youngsters to give it a go.
“It’s something different and unusual and it’s a lot of fun,” Mr McCann said. “We do open days and training sessions from May right through to November, so come on down and have a look.”
Esperance Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service claimed the title of overall winner. Along with Geraldton, Mount Magnet was the only other Mid West team to take part.
Team Geraldton. Picture: Geraldton Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service