The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE -

THE Ma­gra Fire Bri­gade lit up the Mid­lands District Paul Horne Me­mo­rial Com­pe­ti­tion at the week­end.

The com­pe­ti­tion is an an­nual field day for vol­un­teer fire brigades, with crews put through their paces in a series of sce­nar­ios and events on Sun­day.

It is ded­i­cated to Paul Horne, who died in 2014 af­ter serv­ing as the field of­fi­cer for the Tas­ma­nia Fire Ser­vice in the Mid­lands District for many years.

The event was co-hosted by the Ma­gra and Gretna brigades, with 10 brigades com­pet­ing and Ma­gra (151 points) hold­ing off Lach­lan (146) and New Nor­folk (144).

Ma­gra Fire Bri­gade sec­re­tary Paul McMaster said af­ter a chilly start, bri­gade crews had a great day, with an ex­cel­lent dis­play of fire­fight­ing knowl­edge and abil­ity on show.

He said it was a great way to hon­our a well-re­spected com­mu­nity mem­ber.

“The Paul Horne Me­mo­rial event is a won­der­ful chance for all brigades to work to­gether and test our skills against each other in a fun en­vi­ron­ment,” Mr McMaster said.

“It is a last­ing trib­ute to a man who gave so much to vol­un­teers in the Der­went Val­ley and Mid­lands.”

Events ranged from hose han­dling and first aid to gen­eral knowl­edge to cor­rect fire ex­tin­guisher us­age, along with ad­vanced driv­ing skills.

Each event was scored from a pos­si­ble to­tal of 20.

Fol­low­ing the com­pe­ti­tion, the par­tic­i­pants, judges and var­i­ous other TFS per­son­nel as­sem­bled at the Gretna Cricket Club for lunch and tro­phy pre­sen­ta­tions.

The Ma­gra crew have promised to de­fend their ti­tle in next year’s event.

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