History 1950-1971
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Competition first got underway in this brigade in 1959, when George Gray, C.F.O. of Marton Brigade was good enough to come to Porirua and school up our first team.

In 1960 the Brigade was hosts to the Wellington-West Coast Sub-Association Competitions in Tawa. At this competition, all three units completed.

1961 brought our first provincial demo. at Eastbourne. This was followed by a trip to the provincial competition in Napier in 1964. Our stay in the Scout Den there was more than memorable as quite a few members will recall.

Our first New Zealand demonstration was at Nelson in 1965, where the boys were unsuccessful on the track,but made quite a reputation in the sport of catching ducks and hedgehogs.

1967 brought our 2nd New Zealand demonstration at Greymouth. The C.F.O. made a poor job of chaperoning the boys, as I believe the was a bit of balustrade walking, and two firemen in convivial mood joined the blood bank unwittingly.


PORIRUA FIRE BRIGADE COMPETITION TEAM TEAM”PORIRUA UNIT” From Left: Frm. B. Fisher, Frm. R. Murch, Frm. J. Morris, Frm. B. Roberts

At a provincial competition in Haumoana also during 1967 we had a fairly good time in event five, a bight hose run. After running we were congratulated by the coach of the New Zealand champions in this event, and given a few pointers. Two or three minutes after we were informed that we were entitled to a rerun which we accepted, and earned ourselves second place.

1969 was a busy year for the team as we competed in the New Zealand championships in Wellington, the Wellington Provincial Championships at Upper Hutt, where we obtained our first big win for event number five.

We also won the Carter Cup competition which was held in Plimmerton. This was the last outside competition that the team has competed in, but as a team we have been successful in winning the Renner Cup, a trophy presented by Mr. barry renner for competition between the three Porirua Brigade Units.

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