Daniel Futcher, Scott Dun, Jason Andrews, Trent Leis and Chris Phillips will contest the Queensland Firefighter Championship in Hervey Bay in August.
They’ve only been on the job for two months, but already new members of Dayboro’s small firefighting team have proved they’re amongst the state’s best.
Rookie firefighters Trent Leis and Jason Andrews and teammates Scott Dun and Chris Phillips will face hot competition at the Queensland Fire and Rescue Firefighter Championship at Hervey Bay in August.
The team won its way to the state titles following a red hot debut at the Brisbane regional championship, held at South Brisbane earlier this month.
The local crew claimed medals in four of the 10 events contested, winning two silver and two bronze medals to finish fourth, Dayboro’s best result in the competition.
Jason Andrews said he was excited by his team’s prowess with pumps, ladders and fire hoses, which saw Dayboro finish ahead of 14 other crews.
“Dayboro has never gone that far in the competition before and we’ve never won medals,” he said.
“It was a real eye opener for us newcomers and a lot of fun.”
Scott Dun, the Dayboro Auxiliary Fire Station Captain, said his team had only five weeks to prepare for the competition.
“This year being an inexperienced team our goal was if we got in the top five, that would be an exceptional effort with the limited preparation we had, but it all came together,” he said.
“How far their confidence has come using the equipment it’s probably equivalent to a few years of training or a few years of experience, what they’ve learned during the month of training we
did for the competition.”
Mr Dun said the 10 drills at the firefighter championship are designed to simulate situations that fire crews deal with while on the job.
“It’s about being the quickest to get everything set up but also being technically correct, because you get penalties if you make the wrong call or don’t set something up right,” he said.
“We could have finished higher but we made a couple of mistakes and got some penalties that probably cost us a couple more medals, but our times were very quick.”
Another rookie Dayboro firefighter, Daniel Futcher, will also compete at the state titles after helping Kilcoy to third at the Brisbane championship behind Brookfield and winners Caboolture.