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.