Firies form winning unit
THEY'VE never fought fires all together but a team of rural firies from the Warwick region banded together for a training course in New South Wales last month and came away with a top prize for their display of skills.
The winning team of four men in orange comprised Gordon Briggs, Toby Stacey, Mark Saunders and Ross Stacey.
The New South Wales trip was part of an annual exercise for the northern region where around 400 rural fire-fighters gather to carry out skills training.
Mr Saunders said they did area-based training, in which each strike team was sent out to a different area.
While many of the other strike teams had already worked together, for our crew it was the first time they had participated as a team.
“When it came to the presentation ceremony we were given the best Basic Skills and Drill award,” Mr Saunders said. “It was a real surprise for us as we'd just been put together for the weekend.”
According to Mr Saunders, most of his team were still fairly recently trained, so their skills were sharp and fresh.
Warwick Rural Fire Brigade group officer Alan Payne contacted the Daily News to say how proud he was of the local firies.