Omapere-led crew take prize
June Ross of Omapere Fire Brigade is thought to be the first woman to win the prestigious Fire Camp title.
The event, held every two years, involves nine major exercises. June was one of six women among 65 firefighters at this year's competition, hosted by Dargaville.
June was in charge of the winning team Tango 7.
Her crew were Craig Bacon of Kerikeri, Oscar Channings of Ruakaka, Carlos Ridela of Ruakaka and Maik Schimmel of Onerahi.
"June is an upcoming officer only five years into her volunteer career at the Omapere Fire Brigade and she is already showing a great deal of potential.
"It is also exciting to see women take on what has historically been a male-dominated role and this is very encouraging," Northland Fire Brigades sub-association president Annette Wynyard says.
"Northland brigades have a high number of women firefighters and they seem to thrive very well in this environment. So I encourage more women to take up the challenge and become volunteer firefighters for your local brigades. Just contact the local chief fire officer and he or she will take care of the rest. Well done June," Ms Wynyard says.