According to Nick Brown, Operations Manager Region 6, the teams can hold their heads up high.
“A terrific effort from the both brigades,” Nick says. “One of the pleasing aspects of this local competition is the participation of the junior members of the brigades, as they are the future of CFA especially in rural areas.”
Nick also paid tribute to the members who are involved in the often unsung hero roles behind the scenes, such as coaching and organising teams and events.
“A big mention Steven Clissold (Beeac Fire Brigade) who is a driving force for local competition and especially for Dot McGee who has been a consistent contributor to the Irrewarra Brigade over a long period of time, in particular with the juniors,” he says.
Stephen Clissold who coaches the Beeac Fire Brigade running team admits he is over the moon about the team’s efforts.
“Stoked, delighted and happy, that describes us,” Stephen says.
“We were blown away with two first and two seconds.”
“We came first in B Division Wet Hose and Ladder and Tanker Priming, Pumping and Ladder and second in the Low Down Pump and Ladder and second in the Grand Aggregate,” he says.
“We broke some personal best records at the state championships which was great!”
A member for over 20 years, Stephen reckons that running team training is a good way to hone your skills, keep fit, have fun and make friends.
He explains that the team trained once a week in the lead-up to the event, using the Beeac Rural Championships to fine-tune their techniques.
“At the Beeac demo we competed against Irrewarra from Region 6, Elaine and Napoloen Enfield from Region 15, Connewarre, Lara, Wallington and Mannerim from Region 7.”
“Next year we hope that more brigades will come along and join in the fun and that the Beeac Demo will be bigger and better.”
“The majority of our team has been together for seven or eight years,” he says. “Although we have had one in and out each year but we hope the 2010 team will stay for 2011.”
There’s no doubt that the Irrewarra Fire Brigade running teams are out to do their best and have fun along the way.
In the Colac Herald last week, stalwart member, coach and much-loved running team motivator Dot McGee was interviewed and says that the teams did very well.
“They (the seniors) got second in the low down pump and ladder,” she said. Dot also praised the younger members who showed that they have been paying attention during training and working hard.
“The other highlight was the 11 to 13-year old team coming fourth in the low down pump and ladder and third in the wet hose and ladder.”
Dot and the rest of the brigade are also proud that the Irrewarra junior team also received the prestigious Gil O'Connell Encouragement Award.
You can view the 2010 State Rural Championships results here.
You can view how Beeac and Irrewarra performed at the Region 7 50th Rural Fire Brigade Championships here.
Read about Beeac’s and Irrewarra’s preparation for the 2010 State Rural Championships in the Colac Herald.