The Tatura Junior Fire Brigade competition team is in full swing, training for summer weekend competitions, and is on the lookout for new members.
The junior competition is an exciting summer initiative for children aged between 11 and 16 who use firefighting equipment and lots of team work.
Junior fire brigade competition has a proud 42-year history with many volunteer fire brigades from across Victoria having teams that enter regular competitions from November to March each year.
These competitions lead up to the annual Victorian State Championships in February and attracts more than 600 competitors.
Tatura Fire Brigade Lieutenant Alan Tyson said the events were fun and built self-confidence and team skills.
‘‘Sometimes the difference between winning and losing comes down to just fractions of a second,’’ he said.
The Tatura team is well known across Victoria as it has won the State Championships the past four straight years.
‘‘No other team has done that and is a magnificent effort, especially against towns with much greater population and firefighting resources than Tatura,’’ Mr Tyson said.
The junior team also won the 2013 and 2015 Australia Day Tatura Sports Awards.
Mr Tyson thought the skill of the team coaches and the hard work of the juniors were the main reasons for the team’s success.
‘‘Our coaches are the best around. Our head coach, Martin Rennie, has the unique ability to get the best out of the kids by encouraging and challenging them every step of the way, all while having fun,’’ he said.
Mr Rennie said this year the team was in a rebuilding phase after some juniors had moved to the senior ranks.
‘‘We have had a few new members come to training this season and they are going really well. They have already competed in Kerang and Kangaroo Flat so far,’’ he said.
Mr Rennie said while the teams already had some new faces this year, more new members were welcome to come to training and join in.
‘‘It is a unique sport that increases speed, agility and practical skills. We teach all you need to know. You just need to bring a desire to compete hard,’’ he said.
Competing is free and all you need is a good pair of runners, some cricket whites and a willingness to learn.
The team trains each Tuesday and Thursday from 5.30pm to 7pm at the Tatura Racecourse. For more information, phone Mr Rennie on 0407092052.