Panna firies head to na­tional comp

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Jamie Sam­son, Michael Dunne, Eil­ish McNulty, Mark Tovey, Mitch Os­mond, Chris Comber and Matt Camp­bell.

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