CFA Firefighter Competition brigade representatives came together in Bendigo in April 2019 to discuss ways to strengthen and grow firefighter competitions and Championships. Ideas ranged from the 'here-and-now' tactical type actions to longer term strategic thinking.
One simple, but important, action put forward was to establish a process to help competition brigades who had limited resources or who were new to, or returning to competitions and Championships, to find competition equipment that was not being used.
Rob Waterson, Chair of the Urban Competition and Rules Committee, said “There will be a number of brigades who have ceased to compete that will have competition equipment sitting in their storerooms and back sheds that could be loaned, passed on or sold to those needing equipment. The unused items might include, ladders, reels, hydrants couplings et cetera.”
The good news is that a service designed for this very purpose already exists. It’s called CFA Brigade Trader. Lisa Peters, the administrator of the group, says she would welcome notices from brigades wishing to share their equipment.
Lisa said “today we have two advertisements from brigades wishing to move their competition reels to new homes. CFA Trader is very easy to use and I am able assist those needing some help.”