Panna firies head to national comp
A crew of Pilbara volunteer firefighters are making their final preparations before heading east to take part in a major national challenge.
Pannawonica VFRS are sending a team of six competitors to the Australasian Road Rescue Organisation Challenge in Victoria from July 21 to 24.
ARRO team captain Jamie Samson said the idea to go came after seeing the skills bought back from the competition from local fireys a few years back.
“They bought these skills back and it changed the way we were doing things,” he said.
“When we train on cars we usually get old cars no one wants.
“The beauty of ARRO is Holden sponsor it and give you brand new cars ... which as a firefighter you need to deal with all the safety systems which are actually a hazard to us.
“We’re not going for the competition... its a learning trip for us.”
Pannawonica VFRS captain Matt Campbell said it had been an “outstanding” achievement to pull a team and funding together in six months. The aim of the challenge is to provide the group an opportunity to sharpen their skills, advance their techniques and improve their training.
Not only will they be competing with groups from across Australia but also teams from Asia and New Zealand.
The team’s entry fee has been sponsored by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services and a mammoth fundraising effort in the community has raised almost $25,000 to cover the rest of their costs.
Jamie Samson, Michael Dunne, Eilish McNulty, Mark Tovey, Mitch Osmond, Chris Comber and Matt Campbell.