Wanneroo firefighters fundraise for Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games

Firefighters Steve Fielder, Shaden Clarke and Danielle Vandermeulen.
Picture: Martin Kennealey.
Firefighters Steve Fielder, Shaden Clarke and Danielle Vandermeulen. Picture: Martin Kennealey.

VOLUNTEER firefighters warming up to compete at the Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games 2018 hope to ignite support with a fundraiser in Wanneroo next week.

The City of Wanneroo fire services has three teams competing in the games, which will take place in Mandurah from October 28 to November 3.

Wanneroo Central Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade Lieutenant Evan Lawrence said one team included members of the central, Quinns Rocks and Two Rocks bridges who would compete in the T20 cricket competition.

Those members will be Tracey Bacci, Shaun Martin, Richard Moon, Dario Nikolic, Adam Mullaney, Renny Gossati, Evan Lawrence, Struan Graham, Darren Mibus, Ryan Leenman, Luke Reardon, Mana Blackman and Steve Fielder.

“We also have two teams comprising of members from Wanneroo Central Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade who will be competing in firefighting based skilled events such as the heavy-hose drill and burn over drill,” Mr Lawrence said.

“These are timed events based on skills that we use on a day to day basis in bush firefighting and employ a number of disciplines such as teamwork, the deployment of hoses and getting water onto the fire as quickly, efficiently and safely as possible and then re-stowing the gear back on the appliances in the fastest time possible.

“The burn over drill is an event where we put into practice emergency measures that are part of our standard weekly training not just for City of Wanneroo brigades but brigades all throughout WA and to that effect Australia.

“The premise is pretty simple and involves team members seeking shelter inside the fire appliances and deploying the relevant safe-guarding measures.”

The first team will include Danielle Vandermeulen, Luke Reardon, Struan Graham, Shaden Clarke, Ryan Leenman and Marc De Visser.

The second team will include Kelsi Wells, Evan Lawrence, Steve Fielder, Allan Mills, Waldo Viljoen and Darren Mibus.

Mr Lawrence said the teams had been training for the games over past four months as well as their normal training and responding to emergencies.

The brigade will hold a raffle at Drover’s Market Place on October 6 from 9am to 4pm, selling tickets for $5.

The prize pack includes donations of KTM motocross branded racing gear, including a child’s training bike and helmet, corporate travel bag, circuit backpack and two soft-shell jackets.

“Funds raised are going towards the registrations of members and teams competing at the games, accommodation, team uniforms and equipment,” Mr Lawrence said.

In July, Wanneroo Council agreed to donate $2000 to the brigade to support the three competing teams.