CHILTERN’S fire brigade volunteers are Victorian state champions after the CFA state championships in Geelong at the weekend.
After nine weeks reeling hoses and drawing water from tanks in preparation for the event, coach and junior development co-ordinator Kurtis Hickling said the hard work paid off.
“I was ecstatic for the brigade,” he said.
“Our win proves hard work and teamwork together can pay off.”
But it wasn’t the state championship Mr Hickling was most proud of.
“We picked up senior and junior awards for conduct and discipline,” he said.
“It’s very rare for a single brigade to take home the awards, it has been 20 years since a brigade has taken home both and it hasn’t happened in the history of our brigade.”
He said the win showed Chiltern what an asset the fire brigade was to the town.
“Even though Chiltern isn’t one of the largest brigades, it still has a reputation,” he said.
“And what we received on the weekend highlighted what the brigade is all about.
“We are very proud in what we do as volunteers and I think any brigade that has the right attitude and works together as a team can prove successful.”
The brigade won two gold medals for the wet hose and ladder and drawing water from tank events, silver for the pumping and priming event and a bronze for the tanker, hose, reel and ladder event.