Wa­ter­less fire team trains on

Matamata Chronicle - - Opinion/news -

Two teams from the Mata­mata Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gade will com­pete at the Na­tional Fire Fight­ing Cham­pi­onships in Cromwell on March 15 and 16.

Six fire­fight­ers have been train­ing with coach War­ren Feek for the last few months but for the last three weeks train­ing ses­sions have been a lit­tle dif­fer­ent.

Since water lev­els in the town have been near­ing crit­i­cal, the fire­fight­ers have made the call to prac­tice with­out water.

Mr Feek said train­ing with no water made it ex­tremely dif­fi­cult to know where they stand but it was im­por­tant to set a good ex­am­ple for the town.

‘‘We wouldn’t want peo­ple to see us out train­ing with a lot of water when the water lev­els are so low,’’ he said.

A team of two and a team of four will com­pete at Whi­tianga on March 2 be­fore head­ing to the na­tion­als.

The top four teams will then go on to com­pete in Aus­tralia for the Aus­tralasian ti­tle.

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