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Firies ready for challenge

Saturday, 12th March, 2016

Broken Hill South Fire Station’s Amy Ellice, Joel Bartley, Jess Ray and their Dalmatian/mascot “DC” are all excited to be going to Forbes for the 2016 Regional Fire-fighter Championships. PICTURE: Patrick Reincke Broken Hill South Fire Station’s Amy Ellice, Joel Bartley, Jess Ray and their Dalmatian/mascot “DC” are all excited to be going to Forbes for the 2016 Regional Fire-fighter Championships. PICTURE: Patrick Reincke

By Patrick Reincke

Three members of the Broken Hill South Fire Station have formed a team for the first time in years to compete in the Fire-fighter Regional Championships in Forbes today.

Amy Ellice, Jess Ray and Joel Bartley will line up against teams from all over New South Wales in a bid to be the best. 

“It’s fire-fighters from all over NSW, Retained, Permanent and bush brigades,” Amy said.

“We’ll be competing in events that you would see on the fire ground, shipping standpipes, connecting hoses, connecting branches, running ladders, all at competitive speed.

“There’s going to be 25 teams competing in 13 events which is quite a high number in comparison to the last couple of regional championships.

“It’s an event that is really growing at the moment.”

Teams are made up of four members, so Amy, Jess and Joel will be joined by a sole fire-fighter from Ulladulla, forming a composite team.

This will be the first time Broken Hill South has submitted a side for some time and Amy is more than excited to be heading down.

“It’s been a long time since Broken Hill South has had a team.

“Broken Hill hasn’t anything to do with the championships for quite a few years.

“I went and joined a composite team in Griffith last year and I absolutely loved it.

“So it’s really nice that we can get together and actually have a Broken Hill side.”

Amy has said that hopefully in the future, it would be great if the city could host one time.

“We’re hoping to eventually host the championships out here,” she said.

“But that’s got a lot do with talking to council, getting approvals and grants.

“It would be a really good way to bring a whole heap of fire-fighters to Broken Hill and have a long-weekend event.”

Both Jess and Joel will both be experiencing the Championships for the first time this weekend and are eager to get going.

“I’m nervous and excited,” Jess said.

“Most of all I’m looking forward to honing my fire ground skills and getting my hands on the tools.

“I’m excited about representing my station and my city and also supporting a long successful future of the Fire-fighters Association.

“It’s going to be a great experience and I hope we do well.”

The Forbes Championships marks the first of three regional championships in the year.

Grafton will host one in May with Tamworth holding the final Championships in August.

In September, Wyong will host the State Championship.

“We’ll be doing some fundraising to help get us to those events when we get back from this one,” Amy said.

“We’re all very excited for this.

“Joel and Jess haven’t been to one of these before but hopefully it’ll be their first and definitely not their last.”

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