Approximately 80 junior members and their junior leaders competed for the coveted Mountain Districts Junior Fire Brigade Challenge Trophy which has been proudly sponsored by the Olinda Police and the Rotary Club of Montrose and District for the past 15 years.
CFA ‘s Phil Turnbull from Kalorama & District, Rotary Member Rob Osborne and former Olinda Police Sergeant Tony Haining instigated this very successful annual event 15 years ago for the young members of CFA Hill’s Brigades to come together in order to apply their knowledge and skills with fire drill activities that they have been training and practising for throughout the year, and of course in the process, have fun. Special guests on this beautiful sunny day was the Fire Services Commissioner, Craig Lapsley, PSM, David Baker, Operations Manager from District 13, and the Dandenong Bronto Skylift Tanker.
This year saw Kalorama & District take on the reins as host committee and the competition included Junior Brigades from Belgrave, Emerald,
Kallista /The Patch, Kalorama & District, Monbulk, Rowville, The Basin and Upwey.
Events included Hose Bowling, Turn Out, Drafting, Target and a special mystery "fun" team event where all the leaders and juniors ended being wet.
Results at the end of the day had Kallista/The Patch Team 2
win the overall competition.
Hose Bowling: 3rd Rowville 1
2nd Belgrave 1
1st Monbulk 1
Turn Out: 3rd The Basin 1
2nd Kallista / The Patch 2
1st Emerald 1
Drafting: 3rd Monbulk 1
2nd Kallista / The Patch 1
1st Kalorama & District 1
Target: 3rd Kallista / The Patch 1
2nd The Basin 1
1st Kallista / The Patch 2
Overall: 3rd Kallista / The Patch 1
2nd Emerald 1
1st Kallista / The Patch 2
Trophies were presented by Mdu Radebe, President of the Montrose & District Rotary Club and the new Olinda Leading Senior Constable of Police, Tim Wall to the winning teams. Best and Fairest Junior award went to Justin Perkins from Sassafras/Ferny Creek Junior Fire Brigade.
The Brigades contributed to special trophies for Phil Turnbull and Tony Haining (former Olinda Police Sergeant and now in Rotary) who instigated this event 15 years ago. There was also a plaque for the brigade that was seen to have the Best Team Spirit - Kallista in this case.
Thank you Rotary for the fantastic financial contribution they make every year in providing both the trophies as well as emblems/patches for the juniors to place on their overalls. Their support annually to this great event is in the order of around $1,000 per year.
Thanks to Colin Jenkins from Kalorama and the other Committee Members who assisted with the organisation of this wonderful event.