IT WAS a busy weekend for local firies who competed in the Far Northern firefighting championships, held in Port Douglas.
Fourteen teams attended and Atherton fire and rescue service celebrated its fourth win in a row and will be going to the state championships along with Milanda which came second ahead of Mossman in eighth and 12thplaced Port Douglas.
Firefighters from Thursday Island to Cardwell competed in a range of scenarios to test their firefighting skills, along with two teams who were invited to compete from Papua New Guinea.
Northern Command Station Officer Daniel Marsh said there was good participation from the team and competition was fierce.
“The participation was great, this year the numbers were up, whereas in previous years it was down as low as eight, this year we had 14 and two from PNG and we’re hoping for more next year,” he said.
“There certainly were skills on display especially seeing Port Douglas and Mossman teams, they haven’t put teams in for a while so it was great to see them put their hands up to get in there and give it a go.
“The championships enable everyone to meet and interact with each other, put faces to names they might have been on the phone to during the course of the year - it’s a good opportunity for social interactions.”
Mareeba came in third in the competition and the teams from Atherton and Malanda will represent the Far Northern Region at the state championships in Hervey Bay in August.