A crew from Jamberoo Rural Fire Service, representing the Illawarra, returned home triumphant from a field day organised by the Shoalhaven District RFS in Nowra.
The day was based around attending a major fire or emergency incident, and the ten teams were given a number of scenarios to complete against the clock. These tested the crews on a variety of skills including remote water pumping, hose work, working with hydrants, equipment knowledge, driving skills and safety procedures.
In addition there was a particularly difficult chainsaw challenge which saw two of the team, Cameron McInerney and Mongo Delamont, cut and sculpt their way to
a well deserved victory.
In all there were six events, with Jamberoo coming second in three, as well as first in the chainsaw event, resulting in overall first place for the day. The prizes included some really useful equipment for the brigade as well as a jacket for each competitor and a gold cup for display.
Jamberoo brigade training officer and team manager, Hannah McInerney said, “These events provide an excellent platform for training for the real life scenarios we will face at major fires and other emergencies and as such are a valuable experience for all involved.”
These well-honed skills were soon called upon again to deal with the recent fire at Jamberoo Club. The fire, in a storeroom, led to the evacuation of the club.
The Jamberoo team at the Nowra competition consisted of Mongo Delamont, Cameron McInerney, Bob Parker, Jeremy Quinn, Dave Brennan, Hannah McInerney and John Temlett.
The win demonstrates again how well served our district is by highly trained and dedicated emergency volunteers. In May, the Kiama SES took out the NSW SES State Disaster Rescue Challenge, qualifying it for the national titles in Adelaide in September.
Anyone interested in joining the RFS should call 4230 8200 during normal business hours.