NSW Firefighter Championships action at Norah Head, October 27-29photosvideo

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HOST brigade Wyong achieved its goal of a Top 5 finish at theFire and Rescue NSW State Firefighter Championships at Norah Head this week –but it could have been even better.

The event is described as the Olympics of firefighting, and continues a 100-year-old tradition of athletic and technical competition between firefighters.

TAKING AIM: A firefighter hits his target to complete one of 15 events staged at Norah Head as part of the State Firefighter Championships. Pictures: David Stewart

Held over three days at Norah Head Sports Ground, the championships saw brigades from Fire and Rescue NSW, and the Rural Fire Service (RFS) race against the clock, and rival teams, in a number of challenges designed to test their teamwork, speed and efficiency.

Wyong station commander Captain Jamie Loader said competition across all three days was very close.

“If you look at some of the results, there was less than 0.1 seconds between first place and fourth place,” Captain Loader said.

He said Wyong was hoping for a Top 5 finish, and achieved that goal, finishing fifth overall in the pointscore for theAlfred Webb Cup, which was won comfortably by Bega.

Wyong had a string of unfortunate events derail their campaign.

That included experiencing a knot in their hose, an occurrence Captain Loader said was extremely rare for his well-drilled team.

Hosts Wyong unlucky but still hit Top 5 in NSW Firefighter titles | photos | video SPEED MAN: Action from the four-person hose and hydrant event at the Fire and Rescue NSW State Firefighter Championships, at Norah Head Sports Ground, today. Pictures: David Stewart

HOSTS: Members of the Wyong brigade featured in this presentation.

WELL DONE: Wyong brigade captain Jamie Loader, left.

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