HEAT IS ON
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.