Brigade wins at nationals

Warkworth’s Nick Mclean (back right) and Silverdale’s Adrian Rice, Tyler McEnaney and Louis Tailby. Photo, Derek Quinn of

Warkworth Volunteer Fire Brigade deputy chief Nick McLean and his teammates won the national title at the United Fire Brigades Waterway Challenge last month.

The competition consisted of nine events in which firefighters worked in teams to deploy hoses, attach them to hydrants and operate pumps as quickly as possible without incurring penalties.

Nick formed a team with his mates at the Silverdale brigade and travelled to the national competition in Wainuiomata, near Lower Hutt.

He said the team trained two to three days a week leading up to the competition, in addition to their voluntary brigade duties. Each training session they would practice two of the nine events in the competition.

“They take a long time to set up. But, it was our training and determination that won the competition for us.”

It was Nick’s first win at nationals in 16 years of competing in Waterway, and teammate Adrian Rice’s first win in 25 years.

The team from Wellsford won the dress and conduct trophy.

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