Fire­fight­ers con­verge

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - BEN WATER­WORTH

NEW Nor­folk will be taken over by fire­fight­ers this Satur­day as the town hosts the an­nual Tas­ma­nia Fire Ser­vice south­ern re­gion ju­nior de­vel­op­ment day.

The event will show­case the skills of al­most 200 ju­nior fire­fight­ers aged be­tween 10-16 across 14 dif­fer­ent events in the town.

Ju­nior co-or­di­na­tor for the event James Lusted said New Nor­folk would be a hive of ac­tiv­ity.

“What they’ve got to do is they’ve got to nav­i­gate,” he said. “They’re given a grid ref­er­ence and they’ve got to find the grid ref­er­ence on the map. Then they’ve got to try and find that lo­ca­tion. Then when they’ve got the right lo­ca­tion they can do that event. So the whole day is ba­si­cally on map skills, ra­dio com­mu­ni­ca­tion, as they’ve ob­vi­ously got to use the ra­dio to go to dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions.”

Up to 28 fire trucks would con­verge on the town for the event, hosted by New Nor­folk for the first time.

Mr Lusted said the event en­sured lo­cal crews wouldn’t have home ground ad­van­tage de­spite their knowl­edge of the area. He said it would build team­work and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills.

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