FOUR NSW Rural Fire Service firefighters from the Moonbi-Kootingal brigade are on their way to Tasmania to prove just how good they are.
The importance of the NSW Rural Fire Service is at the forefront of our minds with the current bushfire situation, but these four aren’t easing a bushfire crisis down south; they’re competing against the best firies from Australia and New Zealand in friendly , but serious competition.
The Australasian National Firefighting Championships are in Launceston this weekend and will see Captain Kendall Thompson, Jim Crosbie, Matt Grima and Allen Madden representing the region.
The team has competed before in regional championships and they usually place in the top three, so are hoping for success in Tasmania.
Captain Thompson said the biggest challenge was adjusting to the new equipment.
“Being Tasmanian gear, it makes it a bit more of a challenge because we’re using their trucks, so we’re running against it,” he said.
The championships consist of hose, hydrant and pumper events based around different firefighting scenarios.
As well as fighting fires when required, to be at the top of their game, the four volunteer firefighters train weekly at Captain Thompson’s home outside Moonbi where they practise for as many scenarios as possible.