Records tumble for tough team

THE Tamworth region’s firefighters have cemented their reputation as some of the toughest in the state with two teams finishing in the top five at a major championship event while breaking records along the way.

HOT TO TROT: Tamworth fire fighter Phil Moore on the run during one of the events at the Kelso titles last weekend.

The team from Tamworth Fire and Rescue were still celebrating this week after they were placed second in the State Firefighting Championships held in Bathurst late last week.

The Kootingal/Moonbi Rural Fire Service brigade took home the title of fourth place and a composite team of two firefighters from Gunnedah placed 13th.

Having only been together for 18-months, the Tamworth team were overjoyed with the win and received some widespread praise from the judges.

“We’re a relatively new team to the championships and to come away winning second place at our first state championships is absolutely phenomenal,” team member Phil Moore said.

“The team thoroughly deserve it after all the effort they’ve put in with training.”

Mr Moore described the tournament as challenging with some highs and lows but it came with two broken records.

“We would win an event and then do a couple of not so good runs and would win one again.

“Overall we won four events and came second in two.

“One of our highlights was the urban pump booster valve and high rise bag event where we beat the state record by eight seconds.

“We didn’t just beat it, we absolutely annihilated it which was awesome – we were really happy with that one.

“On the last event of the day we also beat the state record in the urban pump suction event.”

The team was also awarded the GAAM trophy for attaining the highest aggregate points in all pump and collector events.

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