Ju­nior fireys have a blast at comp

Midwest Times - - NEWS - Adam Poulsen

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

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