2006 Firefighter Championships: Day 2 of competition
Published: 23rd October 2006
Day two of the NSW Fire Brigades (NSWFB) 2006 State Firefighter Championships in Port Macquarie saw teams battle it out in three events. In a day of new beginnings and fond farewells, the historic hose reel event was run for the last time. This event has been replaced by the new 'booster valve' competition, which reflects current firefighting practices.
The Commissioner of the NSWFB, Greg Mullins, welcomed hundreds of school children to watch the competition and participate in Fire ED, the NSWFB fire safety and awareness program. The students enjoyed rescue and firefighting displays and were wowed by the fireball produced by the Kitchen Fat Fire Simulator.
Commissioner Mullins also took the opportunity to remind Port Macquarie residents that the November 1 deadline to install smoke alarms in all homes and places where people sleep is fast approaching.
Results from day two of the Firefighter Championships
Event 4 – Hose Reel and Ladder (4 competitors)
Hose carts and hose reels were used to transport equipment and firefighters to major fires in the early 1900s. This event is highly visual and the participants exhibit high levels of skill and fitness.
- Nowra (26.60 seconds)
- Kelso (27.15 seconds)
- Muswellbrook (28.26 seconds)
- Casino (28.52 seconds)
- Coffs Harbour (28.97 seconds)
Event 5 – Urban Pump Booster Valve and Ladder (4 competitors)
This is a brand new event. A team of firefighters hook hoses to a 'booster valve' identical to apparatus found in high-rise buildings. Water pumped through the booster valve is used to strike a target.
- South Grafton (38.79 seconds)
- Dorrigo (39.70 seconds)
- Kelso (39.82 seconds)
- Coffs Harbour (40.18 seconds)
- Berry (40.23 seconds)
Event 6 – Urban Pump and Breathing Apparatus (airsets) (4 competitors)
A team of four firefighters use water from a hydrant to boost the fire engine's supply, attaching a hose to the hydrant to strike a target. The two firefighters carrying the delivery hose must wear breathing apparatus.
- Casino (27.94 seconds)
- Kelso (28.06 seconds)
- South Grafton (29.40 seconds)
- Berry (30.16 seconds)
- Wellington (30.41 seconds)
Competition placings at the end of day two are
- Port Macquarie
- Coffs Harbour
More information on the Firefighter Championships