CHAMPS: The Monto Rural Fire Service has won the North Coast Regional Championships and will now compete in the State Titles in August. Back (l-r) Monto Team - Steve Avis, Greg Barnett, Justin Hiscock, Martin Harm and Adam Gwinn (Area Director) Front (l-r) Mulgildie Team - Peter Sinclair, Cameron Zeith, Brendan Hiscock and Roger Stubbs.
CHAMPS: The Monto Rural Fire Service has won the North Coast Regional Championships and will now compete in the State Titles in August. Back (l-r) Monto Team - Steve Avis, Greg Barnett, Justin Hiscock, Martin Harm and Adam Gwinn (Area Director) Front (l-r) Mulgildie Team - Peter Sinclair, Cameron Zeith, Brendan Hiscock and Roger Stubbs.

Monto firies keep on a winning run

IT'S FIVE in a row for the Monto Rural Fire Service team, but what is their secret to their astounding success?

According to station captain Roger Stubbs they just train hard.

Monto received first place at the 2012 North Coast Region Firefighter Competition in Noosa at the weekend.

Mulgildie also placed second, but due to the teams being from the same station, only Monto, Kawana and Craignish will go onto the State Titles in August.

To add to their list of awards, Monto team captain Martin Harm received Champion Firefighter.

Mr Stubbs said he was pleased with the win.

"We won 10 out of 10 events and Mulgildie received second in nine out of 10 events," he said.

Mr Stubbs was also recognised at the competition function on Saturday night with a shield and a lifetime membership to the Auxiliary Firefighters Association for all his hard work over many years.

"This will be the last time I will be part of the regional competition so I am chuffed to bring the shield back," he said.

Monto wasn't the only North Burnett team to receive recognition; Biggenden was given the encouragement award.

Biggenden was represented at the championships for the first time by Adam Webb and Mark Elliott and new recruits Simon Burt and Andrew Addison.

The first timers said it was great to watch the Monto team in action.

"The championships was all good experience, especially training wise," Mr Webb said.


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