NSW Firefighters Championships, Day 1Photos, Video

NSW Firefighters Championships, Day 1 | Photos, Video Firefighters form up for the official opening

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Bega’s defending state champion team Trent Smith, Cassandra Dickson, Clinton Towill and Gerard Hanscombe

Trangie brigade

Bega crew

Bega crew

Bega crew

Bega crew

Bega crew

Bega crew

Bega crew

Bega crew

Bega crew

Bega crew

Assistant Commissioner Rob McNeil

President of the FRNSW Firefighter Championships Association Captain Greg Fredericks

Cr Sharon Tapscott

Cr Sharon Tapscott

Bronnie Taylor MLC

Port Macquarie crew feeling the chill

Commissioner Paul Baxter

Commissioner Paul Baxter

Commissioner Paul Baxter

Assistant Commissioner Rob McNeil

Dylan Hitchcock and Bega’s Gerard Hanscombe hand out Bega banners and gifts to competitors

Dylan Hitchcock

Dylan Hitchcock

Ulladulla crew

Ulladulla crew

Ulladulla crew

Ulladulla crew

Moruya crew

Moruya crew

Moruya crew

Moruya crew

Moruya crew

Moruya crew

Moruya crew

Moruya crew

Moruya crew

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Moruya crew

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facebookSHAREtwitterTWEETemailwhatsappBega’s Valley Fields is hosting the NSW Fire and Rescue Firefighters Championships overthe weekend of May 6-7.

The championships put firefighters from right across the state –and a visiting Victorian brigade –through competitive events showcasing the skills applicable to their emergency response work.

(Click or swipe through the above gallery to get a taste of day one and the pump and ladder event on a chilly Bega morning.)

The NSW Firefighters Championships were officially opened by newly appointed Fire and Rescue NSW Commissioner Paul Baxter, Assistant Commissioner Rob McNeil, Parliamentary Secretary for the Deputy Premier Bronnie Taylor MLC and Bega Valley Shire councillor Sharon Tapscott.

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Assistant Commissioner McNeil, who is also the championships director,told the Bega District News it came down to “the four C’s” –competency, capability, commitment and credibility.

He said firefighters can know what to do with their skills and gear, but when pressure is on and lives are at stake, accuracy and safety is critical.

“In a competitive environment, everyone feels the pressure, you’re on display,” he said.

“These are real skills andall very aligned with what we do on the fireground.

“And it’s a way of refining those skills you can’t usually do unless you have a realemergency when lives are at stake.”

NSW Firefighters Championships, Day 1 | Photos, Videohttps://nnimgt-a.akamaihd.net/transform/v1/crop/frm/38KKizhZLpuTDCkJAjRb34b/711f672b-9edf-41be-8483-cc724f9c3bea.jpg/r2_164_3202_1972_w1200_h678_fmax.jpgNSW: Action from day one of the NSW Firefighters Regional Championships in Bega.multimedia, photos-and-video, firefighters, firefighting, FRNSW, bega, south coast, fire and rescue2017-05-06T17:00:00+10:00https://players.brightcove.net/3879528182001/default_default/index.html?videoId=5423849195001https://players.brightcove.net/3879528182001/default_default/index.html?videoId=5423849195001Bega crew #2 run the Urban Pumper and ladder eventAssistant Commissioner McNeil said the championships held throughout the year across NSW have the added benefit of increasing teamwork and camaraderie throughout the brigades.

“So when we come together for state disasters –like the recent floods at Lismore –they’re like a hand in glove, all working together.

“I’m very proud of what they do. They have all come here in their own time and on their own dollar just to compete –and have fun!”

Brigades competing in Bega are:

Two from the host brigade (Bega is also the current and defending state overall champion)MerimbulaMittagongMoruyaNowraUlladullaArmidaleDubboKelsoKootingal RFSMerrylandsPort Macquarie x2ScarboroughTrangieUrallaWyongWAFA x2EchucaTamworth City RFSThe championships run through to around 4.30pm Saturday then again on Sunday, May 7, 7.30am until 1pm,at the Keith Mitchell Sportsground (Valley Fields)

NSW Firefighters Championships, Day 1 | Photos, Videohttps://nnimgt-a.akamaihd.net/transform/v1/crop/frm/38KKizhZLpuTDCkJAjRb34b/711f672b-9edf-41be-8483-cc724f9c3bea.jpg/r2_164_3202_1972_w1200_h678_fmax.jpgNSW: Action from day one of the NSW Firefighters Regional Championships in Bega.multimedia, photos-and-video, firefighters, firefighting, FRNSW, bega, south coast, fire and rescue2017-05-06T17:00:00+10:00https://players.brightcove.net/3879528182001/default_default/index.html?videoId=5423881954001https://players.brightcove.net/3879528182001/default_default/index.html?videoId=5423881954001Segments from the official opening