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All Juniors are winners at the Midlands Cup

By: Irene Keating

Category: Training & Recruitment

  2.11 PM 7 November, 2016

Location: District 2 News, District 14 News, District 15 News

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Congratulations to the participating teams at the Midlands Cup held at the Coimadai Fire Station yesterday.

The Midlands Cup is the brainchild of Lin Lawson, junior leader at the Gordon Fire Brigade who realised that the junior members were keen to show off the skills that they had honed at their regular training nights at their home Brigades throughout the year.  The event has now been running for 8 years.

Throughout the day, 9 teams from 8 brigades including Gordon, Ballan Greendale, Bungaree, Elaine, Gisborne (who entered 2 teams), Coimadai and Truganina competed in events under the trained eyes of the junior leaders who also acted as judges.

The events included search and rescue, first aid, map reading, communications, running edge, draughting, hydrant, fog attack, rake hoe and entrapment and extinguisher blanket.

The eventual winning teams ended in a draw between Coimadai and Elaine.

Teams consisted of 6 members per team and each team completed in all 10 exercises.  Two judges were required at each event, and a volunteer helper stayed with each team to ensure the teams were escorted safely to each event. In the background, volunteers assisted the event by cooking the BBQ, making sandwiches, roving to thwart any issues, and tallying the scores throughout the day.  In total, the event required the cooperation of at least 45 volunteers from the participating brigades to give up their Sunday to ensure the smooth running of the event.

The Darley Bakehouse generously donated bread for sandwiches and junior leader Alana Roroa donated the fruit for morning tea.

All in all, a good day was had by all.


Photographs courtesy of Diane Lawson

Last Updated: 08 November 2016