Marburg firefighters Nick Doyle, Glen Looker, Steven Foote and Brad Dance are off to the firefighting state championships in August.
Marburg firefighters Nick Doyle, Glen Looker, Steven Foote and Brad Dance are off to the firefighting state championships in August. Sarah Harvey

Marburgs firies burn up rivals

A COMMITTED quartet of auxiliary firefighters from Marburg has a shot at the state titles after topping the competition at the recent south-east Queensland firefighting championships.

The team, which includes Nick Doyle, Glen Looker, Steven Foote and Brad Dance, took on 13 other crews at the championships in Gatton, competing in 10 events which test all the skills and drills firefighters are taught.

In addition to winning the teams section ahead of Mt Tamborine and Chambers Flat, Mr Foote earned the Champion Firefighter award.

Mr Dance said the boys were now looking forward to the state titles at Rockhampton in August and the Australasian titles in Port Macquarie in October.

“The best part about competing is the confidence you take back to the workplace with you,” Mr Dance said.

“We do it to improve our skills and to rate ourselves against other firefighters.”

And it seems the men from Marburg rate highly.

Their second place in the state titles last year was what earned them a spot in this year’s Australasian championships.

They will take on the best from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands in the titles.

“The reason we have been so successful is because of our teamwork,” Mr Dance said.

“The four of us get on really well and work together.

“When we get back into a real-life scenario it’s like clockwork.”

As auxiliary firefighters, each of Marburg station’s nine members holds down permanent employment outside the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service – with the exception of Mr Foote, who works full-time at Ipswich Fire Station.

“Glen drives a truck, Nick is a cabinet maker and I work as a sales consultant,” Mr Dance said.

“If there is a fire we get paged and we go out.

“If we can’t make it then Ipswich station goes out.

“We get paid to work but we get taxed higher because it’s a second job – so it would be fair to say that none of us are in it for the money.

“You do it as a service to your community.”



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