Cham­pion ef­forts

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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