CASINO FIREYS: Deputy-captain Greg Miller (left), Jason Mackney, Sonya Marks and Damien Clark leaving for Port Macquarie.
CASINO FIREYS: Deputy-captain Greg Miller (left), Jason Mackney, Sonya Marks and Damien Clark leaving for Port Macquarie. Doug Eaton

Casino fireys are all pumped-up

CASINO fireys will be priming their pumps at the weekend’s Zone Fire Fighter Championships, to be held in Port Macquarie.

The four-person squad – firefighters Sonya Marks, Jason Mackney, Damien Clark and deputy captain Greg Miller – has been in training for three months.

“It is competitive, but there is a fun side to it too,” Sonya Marks said.

“All the events are possiblescenarios we may come across.”

The championships have been held for more than 100 years and showcase the skills firefighters use every day while attacking fires or responding to major emergencies.

“It highlights the range of skills needed to be a firefighter,” Ms Marks said.

This will be the first championship firefighter Ms Marks, who has been at the Casino 253 Fire Brigade for two years, has competed in.

Her strongest event is the ‘hose and hydrant’ in which a team of two firefighters tap a fire hydrant, connect a hose and nozzle, and then run a distance of 30 metres to blast a target in a race against the clock.

The Casino team’s best time for this event is 18 seconds.

They will need to slash it byat least 10seconds if they hope towin.

Rumour has it that another team is achieving a time of 12 seconds.

Another tough challenge will be the rescue event in which a team of firefighters are judged on their pre-operation check on rescue equipment used at car crashes.

They are quizzed about the uses of the equipment and its maintenance.

They must also preform a practical component to test their knottying abilities.

Twenty-four teams from NSW Fire Brigades and the NSW Rural Fire Service from across the State will compete in events such as the ladder climb, an individual event which competitors run 22m to climb a 6m high ladder to strike a target at the top.

All events are designed to hone firefighting skills.

Casino won the 2006 Australian championship finals and will be competing in them again in October at Tweed Heads.

 

FIREFIGHTING EVENTS

 Urban pump and breeching.

 Booster valve and remote access bag.

 Urban pump and suction.

 Booster valve and remote access bag.

 Urban pump disable.

 Ladder practice.

 Urban pump collector and ladder.



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