NORTH Mackay Auxiliary firefighter Cameron McFadzen was crowned champion firefighter at the Central Region Firefighter Competition at the weekend.
The one-day event, held at Holy Spirit College sports oval, involved nine teams, including two teams of rural firefighters, from as far away as Boyne Island and Biloela.
Queensland Fire and Rescue area director Steve DePinto said it gave firefighters the opportunity to try out for the 2009 Queensland Firefighter Championships in Ipswich.
“The firefighter competition is a great social and learning event.
“Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. It was a close competition.
“Firefighters showed their spirit and ability to display professionalism and teamwork with skills and drills.
“Emu Park auxiliary firefighters won the overall event and Moranbah auxiliary firefighters came a close second.
“Both teams will head to Ipswich from August 15 to 17 to compete for the state title.”
Auxiliary firefighter Cameron McFadzen, who moved to Mackay about six months ago from Biloela, was named champion firefighter.
He incurred the least number of errors and penalty points.
Lieutenant Danny Dieker, of Emu Park, was runner-up champion firefighter for the second consecutive year.
Mr DePinto said teams included Moranbah, Emu Park, Biloela, Proserpine, Boyne Island, Plane Creek Rural, Mirani Town Rural, Composite Team and Blackwater.
The Corey Whatuira Award - in memory of the late Middlemount auxiliary firefighter killed in a motorbike accident - for the firefighter who best represented the spirit of the competition went to Biloela auxiliary firefighter Mark Salway.
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