Marsh Fire Team Competition 2018 finals held in Meyerton
The 2018 Marsh Fire Competition, held at ETS Training Centre, Meyerton, on 9 November 2018, was well attended by numerous companies in all regions and across many industries and has come to a successful close. The purpose of the competition is to foster learning and build morale amongst a team of people who are prepared to put their lives on the line for their colleagues, their employer and shareholders. The competition was a huge success with participants not only enjoying themselves but also improving their skills and increasing their experience in practical fire fighting. Management from all companies involved, who ensured their respective teams were able to participate in this event, must also be thanked for their dedication and support.
The competitions were successfully held on the following days:
Cape Town 27 September 2018 Koeberg Power Station, Cape Town
eThekwini 7 September 2018 Ethekwini Fire Training Centre, Illovo
Johannesburg 24 August 2018 SAEC Modderfontein, Johannesburg
Final 9 November 2018 ETS Training Centre, Meyerton
Final competition scope
The competition included the following:
• A live fire Dry Chemical Powder (DCP) fire extinguisher drill.
• A five person live fire hose drill.
• An obstacle drill was added that provided fun for the day in the form of a tug-of-war.
• DCP fire extinguisher drill
Teams were challenged with entering a confined space to locate and collect a 9Kg Fire extinguisher and a 25 liter foam drum. These items needed to be placed in a stokes stretcher and brought to the outside. Once outside, the person chosen to extinguish the fire had to select a 9Kg DCP fire extinguisher and proceed to extinguish a flammable liquid fire.
• Five person hose drill
A transformer fire needed to be rapidly extinguished. Hoses needed to be deployed some distance from the fire, which tested the fire teams hose deployment techniques. The hoses were run through a building structure, which added an additional challenge of going around corners and blind spots. Once the teams exited the structure, they need to extinguish a transformer fire. The branchman was unable to see the fire this added additional difficulty in communication and tested leadership.
• Team event
Teams had to compete against each other in a tug of war competition. The competition was based on an elimination process. Resulting in Albany Bakery Germiston and Albany Bakery Pretoria battling it out to be crowned the winner.
Source: Marsh Risk Consulting