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Mooroopna brigade ready to fire

Mooroopna Fire Brigade will contest the Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service State Championships in Perth.

JARROD WHITTAKER March 28, 2014 4:21am

Well drilled: Mooroopna Fire Brigade's running team Bec Taylor, Nathan Hayes, Pete Hayes, Damien Black, James Harbrow, Evan Collins, Rachelle Collins.

When James Harbrow lines up to run for Mooroopna Fire Brigade in Perth at the weekend, the third-generation ‘‘runner’’ will be carrying on a family tradition.

Mr Harbrow is part of the brigade’s team going to the Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service State Championships in Perth.

The event will pit Mooroopna’s finest competitive firefighters against those of Western Australia. Mr Harbrow said competing against other brigades had a long history in Mooroopna.

‘‘We’re all CFA volunteers ... it’s been a pretty big thing in years gone by. My grandfather and his brothers ran in it, my dad and his brothers ran in it,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s into me as well — this is pretty much the way they put out fires back in the early 1900s.’’

Last Sunday, the team was running through one of its final practice sessions before flying out yesterday morning.

The Mooroopna team is one of two Victorian teams attending.

They will compete in a range of single, two, four, six and eight people events.

‘‘The idea of it all is a simulation of putting out fires,’’ Mr Harbrow said.

‘‘So with the ladders, it’s like a ladder on a second floor — so there’s all sorts of things they do.

‘‘One of the things they do is marching, so it’s like a discipline.’’

Damien Black and Peter Hayes will coach the team.


The event will cap off a good season for Mooroopna, which has placed well at several events.

‘‘Throughout the year we went to Maryborough, we won our section there,’’ he said.

‘‘Two demos in Echuca, we won our section and came second.’’

The team also placed well at the Victorian state championships.

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