Fire brigade awards presented

A day of fire brigade competition was held at Victoria Square on April 8.

After a full-on competition day at Victoria Square on April 8, the fire brigade’s volunteers and families returned to the station for a barbeque and awards ceremony.

The Bourke Trophy for pump bypass was won by the four-man team of senior fire fighter (SFF) Steve Russell, SFF Andrew Goodwin, FF Marcus Tidd and SFF Richard Crease. The team took just 60.21 seconds to run a hose from the hydrant to incident, then setting up a pump, disconnecting the water and running it through the pump.

Fire fighter (FF) Peter Crawford (left) and qualified fire fighter (QFF) Cameron Black, winners of the Boyce Cup, a two-man event where competitors have to hook up a hose and hit a target. They won with a time of 38.79 seconds.

From left, QFF Sam Van Der Valk; senior station officer (SSO) Dennis Hunt; FF Marcus Tidd; and SFF Richard Tidd, pictured with son Jesse, winners of the Myers Cup. This cup was for fastest breeching – joining one hose in with two coming out – a feat they achieved in 51.49 seconds.

From left, the team of SFF Glenn Philip; SSO Richie Gerrand; FF Peter Crawford and FF Michael Graham took out the Bush Hooker Memorial Trophy in 72.90 seconds, by running the water straight into a pump, then taking two hoses out and extending it by one.

SSO Richie Gerrand; FF Dylan Gould; FF Marcus Tidd and QFF Sam Van Der Valk took 103.03 seconds to fill a pit with water and then suction that out of the water, in the same way they would use swimming pool water to fight a fire.

The winner of the Gold Star and Championship Cups, SFF Andrew Goodwin (right) received his awards from chief fire officer Don Gerrand. The Gold Star Cup is awarded to the firefighter first on the leader board after the first two events, while the Championship Cup is awarded to the overall winner on the day.

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