Tweed firies 'hot stuff' in state titles

TWEED'S rural firefighters can officially say they are the best in the state after taking out first place in the NSW championships over the weekend.

More than 200 firefighters descended on the Tweed to put their skills to the test as part of the NSW Rural Fire Service State Championships at Cudgen Leagues Club on Saturday and Sunday.

Simulated car accidents and a flaming houseboat were among the scenarios the firefighters played out, as well as mock bush and backyard fires, kitchen and building fires and rescue operations.

First aid skills and the ability to work with other emergency response organisations were also scrutinised as part of the competition.

RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said the Tweed team's win was a combination of skill and home ground advantage.

The other teams included senior and cadet firefighters from different areas of NSW and the ACT and one team each from Queensland and South Australia.

Paul Fowler, who is on the event's organising committee, said the championships were not only a good place for firefighters to demonstrate and sharpen their skills, but also a good social event.

“Especially the cadets, they are really enjoying it,” he said.



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