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Future fireys battle for national title

By: CFA Media

Category: Youth & Juniors

  11.26 AM 15 September, 2015


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Eighteen of the state’s top junior CFA members have been chosen to battle it out at the national fire championships later this month.

The group of competitors was whittled down from a field of more than 100 junior fire brigade members across Victoria after applications closed in early August.

The Australian National Fire Cadet Championships is a biennial event open to junior members of all emergency service agencies across Australia.

This year CFA will chaperone three teams of six members, aged 14 and 15 years old, to compete in the championships at Myuna Bay in New South Wales from 28 September to 1 October.

Acting Executive Director of Operational Training and Volunteerism Kate Harrap said competitors were carefully selected from each of CFA’s five regions.

“Our junior representatives were chosen based on merit and had the backing of their junior leader, brigade captain or officer in charge, and supported by their District Operations Manager,” Ms Harrap said.

“The championships give participants the opportunity to further develop their practical, social and leadership skills, and are an important way to recognise the contribution and commitment of CFA youth members.

“These teams will compete in eight events including a portable pump relay, hose and hydrant drill, station response and knapsack drill, and tank and ladder challenge.”

The official competition will take place over two days with an opening ceremony, awards presentation and closing ceremony on the days either side.

Ms Harrap said the event also helps promote the importance of cadet firefighters and youth volunteers to the wider community.

“CFA is one of the world’s largest volunteer-based emergency services organisations, and our young members are vital for our future,” she said.

“It’s hoped the championships will inspire others to join the juniors program.”

CFA has more than 180 junior brigades across the state with a total of 2,181 members aged between 11 and 15 years. More than one-third of CFA’s junior membership base is female.

This year’s event is being co-hosted by NSW RFS and the RFSA, which are providing accommodation and meals for each competitor.

 

Junior members attending the National Fire Cadet Championships:

Name

Brigade

Region

Tayla Wingrave

Mannerim

South West

Shakira Tucker

Colac

South West

John Kinross

Warrnambool

South West

Kian Brewer

Foster

South East

Bailey Unthank

Toongabbie

South East

Alysha Alie

Bayles

South East

Lahni Quinn

Kilmore

North East

Will Damm

Kiewa

North East

Lilian Pagels

Hoddle’s Creek

North East

Jayden Holmes

Springhurst

North East

Amy Walker

Rowville

North East

Maya Liddle

Taradale

North West

Sam Drechsler

Sedgwick

North West

Aaron Savory

Werribee

North West

Olivia Emanuelli

Redcliffs

North West

Richard Maher

Lubeck

West

Molly Dunne

Elaine

West

Escher Russell

Ballarat

West

Team leaders/coaches:

Harold Jochs

Swan Hill

North West

Joshua Preston

Wallan

North East

Jean Kelsey

Pakenham

South East

Sukhi Singh

Boronia

North East

Last Updated: 15 September 2015