Local fire brigades have returned victorious from a recent state championship, taking out a number of honours in different categories on the day.
More than 140 teams competed in the 2017 Rural Fire Brigade Championships at Wodonga on April 1 and 2, including 78 seniors and 67 junior teams, involving more than 1000 competitors.
In the first event of the day on Sunday for the seniors, the low down pump and ladder, Strathmerton A took out fifth place in Division 1 and Strathmerton B took out fourth in Division 2, while Strathmerton C took out second in Division 3 while Barmah A came in fifth.
In the hose and ladder event, Cobram A placed fifth in Division 3.
In the third event, tanker hose reel and ladder, Strathmerton B placed fourth in Division 2 and Barmah A placed first and Cobram A placed third in Division 3.
For the hydrant and tanker event, Strathmerton A placed fourth in Division 1, and in Division 3, Strathmerton C missed out on first place by only 0.03 seconds, taking out second place behind Springhurst D.
At the tanker drawing water from a tank event, Strathmerton A just missed out on a podium finish in Division 1 by 0.38 seconds, coming in fourth, while Strathmerton B finished second in Division 2 and Cobram A took out second in Division 3, missing out on first place by just 0.55 of a second.
CFA chief officer Steve Warrington said it was events such as this that showed the dedication and enthusiasm of CFA members.
‘‘The junior championships are a way to encourage young people to be a part of CFA and maintain their involvement into the senior ranks of brigades,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s a great way for senior members to relay their firefighting wisdom onto the juniors and nurtures positive relationships amongst each brigade.
‘‘The interest of the younger members in particular helps CFA to maintain its vitality and commitment to meeting the changing needs of the community.
‘‘The championships aim to develop individual and team skills, build team spirit and promote camaraderie among brigades, volunteers and families.’’
Teams competed in a variety of activities and challenges, all involving the use of basic rural firefighting equipment and designed to showcase brigades’ abilities in overcoming obstacles.