Firefighters excel under heat
SOME like it hot, and the Clifton and Killarney Auxiliary Rural Fire Brigades proved they excel under heated competition at the weekend.
The two teams travelled to Gatton to compete in the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service’s South Eastern Region and South Western Region Firefighter Championships.
Clifton’s Paul McKenzie and Killarney’s Luke Green shared the Champion Firefighter runner-up silverware.
Clifton Auxiliary Rural Fire Brigade Lieutenant McKenzie said he and Mr Green obtained few penalties to take out the prize.
“Every time you make a mistake you get penalised; this can include not checking a washer on the hose,” Lt McKenzie said.
Sixteen firefighting teams from the south-eastern region and five from the south-western displayed their skills and performed drills during the two-day event.
Lt McKenzie said his team, which won six out of the 10 events, included Gary Saville, Simon Wilshire and Bob Collins.
“We’ve been a team for about two years, they’re all good blokes and we work together well,” he said.
“Now we’re going to Townsville in August for the state championships.”
The firie, who has been lugging hoses, spraying water and battling flames for 13 years, was was driven to join the force by his father Peter.
“Dad’s been involved with the auxiliaries for almost two decades, and he’s the (Clifton Auxiliary Rural Fire Brigade) captain, so I want to thank him for the training,” he said.
“Being a part of the Rural Fire Brigade is a great way to help the community and it keeps you in shape.”
The Killarney team included Shane Goodwin, Wade Lewis, Jason Green and Luke Green.