Firefighters hone their water craft


The skills of more than 170 firefighters were tested as they competed at the ninth NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) Combined Districts Fire Boat Exercise at Fishermans Point on the Hawkesbury River.

NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said the event brought together a number of agencies to compete in a range of challenging, real-life scenarios.

"The event involved representatives from NSW RFS, NSW Water Police, NSW Maritime and Marine Rescue NSW," Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.

"Teams competed in a series of simulated emergency situations where their skills and equipment were put to the test. 

"With scenarios ranging from a simulated boat fire in a 150 person passenger ferry to a sinking vessel situation, firefighters were tested on leadership, teamwork, adaptation and decision making."

Commissioner Fitzsimmons said 20 marine vessels were involved, both competing in and supporting the six scenarios across the day. 

"This exercise brings together firefighters who share the unique skill of working on the water to enjoy friendly competition, hone their emergency skills and share experiences from their respective areas.

"These teams gain great experience in fire safety, team work and leadership in a safe and controlled environment. It's a valuable learning and development experience for everyone involved."

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