For the third time in a row, Orana firefighters have won the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Championship.
Lead by Craig Walters, the team, made up of Peter Conn, Jason Conn, Tim Conn, Joe Cooper and Brad O’Leary, successful defend their champion title in Narrabri at the weekend.
RFS Orana team manager Superintendent Lyndon Weiland said the Orana team were “miles in front” of everybody else.
The challenge, which involved about 500 firefighters competing across two days, tested the volunteers’ skills in situations such as a simulated grass fire and a vehicle rescue.
“The community within the Orana area should be really proud of their volunteers,” Superintendent Weiland said.
He said a lot of people had phoned him asking why the team had gone so well.
“I put it down to confidence. They knew their job and they knew what they had to do,” the Superintendent said.
“They have the ability. They have the ability to turn up to an incident, assess what they have to do and just do it.”
For winning the championship the Orana team have earned a new Isuzu D-Max ute.
Two additional Orana teams also competed in Narrabri- the cadets and a chainsaw team.
“The cadet group did very well. They won the Chaplin’s Award for the way they presented themselves,” Superintendent Weiland said.
While the chainsaw team “didn’t bring home the bacon”, he said they still did very well.
“We’re very pleased with the results,” he said.