Hawkesbury RFS Championships

Local NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) volunteers took part in the Hawkesbury District's Annual Championships last Sunday, August 31 at Macquarie Park. 

More than nine brigades competed in a variety of events throughout the day that were designed to test their skills.

These events included a simulated car accident, fires involving gas and hose and hydrant relays.

Brigade stations and trucks were also assessed on their overall cleanliness and operational readiness.

“These days are important, not only from a social aspect, but for our volunteers test their skills against members from other brigades and their mates," district manager, Superintendent Karen Hodges said. 

“Brigades work hard in the lead up to these days in order to be the best they can be. This can only be a positive thing for our community leading into this year’s bush fire season."

The day also involved the Hawkesbury SES unit, who assisted in the car accident scenario providing advice to firefighters on how to care for casualties and victims of trauma.

“We often work alongside our counterparts from the NSW SES at a number of motor vehicle accidents and rescue incidents across the Hawkesbury,” Superintendent Hodges said.

NSW RFS Cadets were also in action competing in a number of events such as response drills and pumping relays.

These teams included Hawkesbury High, Colo High, Oakville and Plumpton Rural Fire Brigades.

“We are proud to have such a strong cadet programme in the Hawkesbury and surrounding areas,” said Superintendent Hodges.

The traditional ‘Tug of War’ battle took place at the end of the events with Hawkesbury District’s local Chaplain, Greg Symons, presiding.

NSW RFS Assistant Commissioner Steve Yorke was present to congratulate members and hand over the keys of a new tanker to Oakville Rural Fire Brigade’s Captain, Peter Speet.

Superintendent Hodges also accepted the keys to a new bulk water carrier on behalf of all brigades within the district.

“These new vehicles are replacing older style models and will allow firefighters to continue providing a high level of emergency service to the residents in the Hawkesbury area,” she said.

Superintendent Hodges also thanked a number of organisations for assisting in the organisation of the day, including Hawkesbury SES, Hawkesbury City Council and the NSW Rural Fire Service Association.

RESULTS

Senior events:

Overall

1st – Tennyson Rural Fire Brigade

2nd  – Freemans Reach Rural Fire Brigade

3rd – Colo Heights and Upper Colo Rural Fire Brigades (composite team)

4th – Grose Wold Rural Fire Brigade

Motor Vehicle Accident Event

1st – Tennyson

2nd – Blaxland Ridge

3rd – Upper Colo and Colo Heights (composite)

4th – Freemans Reach

Hose and Hydrant

1st – Oakville

2nd – Tennyson

3rd – Upper Colo and Colo Heights (composite)

4th – Freemans Reach

Gas Attack Exercise

1st – Blaxland Ridge

2nd – Grose Wold

3rd – Lower Portland

Tanker Inspections

1st – Tennyson

2nd – Headquarters,Grose Wold & Freemans Reach

3rd – Lower Portland

4th – Blaxland Ridge

Station Inspections

1st – Grose Wold

2nd – St Albans

3rd – Freemans Reach

4th – East Kurrajong

JUNIOR EVENTS

Junior Portable Pump Relay

1st – Oakville

2nd – Grose Vale and Plumpton (composite)

3rd – Colo High 1

4th – Plumpton 1

Junior Station Response Drill

1st – Colo High 1

2nd – Colo High 2

3rd - Oakville

4th – Grose Vale and Plumpton (composite)

Junior Hydrant & Hose

1st – Oakville

2nd – Colo High 2

3rd –Grose Vale and Plumpton (composite)

4th – Hawkesbury High 1

Mens Tug 0f War

Winners – Oakville

Ladies Tug of War

Winners -Oakville and Headquarters (composite)

Junior Tug of War

Winners – Hawkesbury High

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