Volunteer fire brigades are gearing up for the national
waterways competition in Cromwell next month, hot on the
heels of its regional competition in Alexandra at the
About 70 delegates from Otago and Southland volunteer fire
brigades gathered in Alexandra on Friday for their centenary
conference, followed by the annual competition on Saturday.
Also present were the United Fire Brigades' Association
national president Brian Watters, of Morrinsville, and
Canterbury provincial president Robin Ashby, of Rolleston.
After his one-year term, Alexandra chief fire officer Russell
Anderson handed over the Otago-Southland president role to
Luggate deputy chief fire officer Wayne Ferguson.
The conference programme included a talk from guest speaker
Central Otago District Council principal rural fire officer
Owen Burgess, and the launch of the centenary book.
On Saturday, firefighters from around the region took part in
an annual competition, held near the Dunstan High School
Mr Anderson said 11 teams of four and another five teams of
two had entered.
The Balclutha team won the competition's major prize - the
Otago-Southland provincial championship shield and 18 other
trophies after winning eight out of nine events.
Coach Terry Michie said it was an excellent result for the
Balclutha brigade, winning the competition for the second
He said the team had trained twice a week since November and
often competed in smaller competitions as preparation.
''We've been in the team together for so many years, and we
work well together.''
The four-man team is made up of Craig Botting, Nathan Davey,
Mark Proctor, and Jason Watt.
Mr Michie, who is also the brigade's deputy chief fire
officer, said the team was focusing on the national
competition to be held in Cromwell next month.
Results were. - Balclutha 1, Kaitangata 2, Lumsden-Mossburn
3, Cromwell 4, Mataura 5.