CFA mem­bers are off and run­ning

Mansfield Courier - - MANSFIELD MATTERS - By DAVID MIMS

THE Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gades Vic­to­ria (VFBV) State Cham­pi­onships are on again this La­bor Day weekend and mem­bers from Mans­field CFA bri­gade will be at­tend­ing.

Be­ing held in Bendigo, this three day car­ni­val at­tracts CFA bri­gades from across Vic­to­ria and in­ter­state to com­pete in a va­ri­ety of events based on fire­fight­ing skills.

Last year the event was held at War­rnam­bool, so mem­bers won’t be hav­ing to travel as far to com­pete this time around.

The first event on the Satur­day morn­ing is the Dis­ci­pline Con­test, where bri­gades don their full cer­e­mo­nial dress uni­form and per­form a se­ries of march­ing drills around a rec­tan­gu­lar course, with pre­ci­sion, tim­ing and syn­chro­ni­sa­tion the key el­e­ments.

There­after, the day’s ac­tiv­i­ties cen­tre around the bri­gade run­ning teams who com­pete in a se­ries of skill con­tests util­is­ing fire­fight­ing equip­ment in­clud­ing hoses, hy­drants, carts, lad­ders and pumpers.

Events range from sin­gle per­son drills, up to eight per­son cart and hose races, held over the three days.

On the Satur­day night, the streets of Bendigo will be lit up, as all the bri­gades march through town in the tra­di­tional torch­light pa­rade, sim­i­lar to what we see in Mans­field but on a far big­ger scale.

Ca­ma­raderie among CFA vol­un­teers is very strong, and the weekend pro­vides a great op­por­tu­nity for vol­un­teers to come to­gether in a spirit of en­joy­able com­pe­ti­tion and so­cial­is­ing, and to put on a show for the hun­dreds of people who will come along and watch.

Good luck to coach David Ack­land and the team from Mans­field at Bendigo this weekend.

PHOTO: David Mims

ON THE MOVE: Mem­bers of the MAns­field CFA run­ning team in ac­tion last year at War­rnam­bool (from left) Mat An­der­son, Nick Parker, Cam Crellin, Alex ‘Pumba’ Jack­son, Lind­say Johns, Mat Crellin and Richard Jones

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