Fire Brigade Competition
A COMPETITION for four prizes, in connection with the Grafton Volunteer Fire Brigade, took place in Fisher Park on Saturday afternoon last. The weather was not at all favourable for the class of competition engaged in, for previous to commencing opera- tions, rain began to descend, which tended to make the hose and appliances wet and slippery, and very hard to handle. The trial was for one-man. drill ; one length each of suction and delivery hose, and to throw a stream of water a given distance, the dam to be stationary. Four silver medals were given as prizes, the donors being Superintendent Brindle, Mr. A. Lipman, Foreman Dellow and Fireman J. Gill. Mr. D. Braham was entrusted with the providing of the medals, two of which were manufactured by Mr. H. Harding. They are very neatly executed ; and it was decided to allow the winners to take
their choice. Ten firemen competed, and notwith- standing the unsatisfactory state of the weather, some excellent times were made, and that of Mr. G. Tombs will bear favourable comparison with the time made in any similar competition held in the metropolis. The following are the times of the prize takers :-
Assistant-Foreman Tombs. 1 min. 13secs. 1
Fireman Richards. 1 min 20½ secs
Fireman J. Riley 1 min 31 secs
Fireman J. Gill 1 min 32 secs
The following also competed :-T.Dollow, E. Brindle, J. Goodwin, J. Shea, J. Laing, J. Brindle . The winner selected the Superintendant's medal. Fireman Richards that of Fireman Gill; Fireman Riley that given by Foreman Dellow, Mr. Lipman's medal, which has not yet come to hand, goes to Fireman Gill. Mr. D. Braham acted as time-taker, Foreman Dellow as signal-man, and the whole was under the command of Superintendant Brindle.
A number of firemen assembled at the Engine house, in the evening, to witness the presentations, Mr. A. Lipman occupied the chair, and the Super-
intendant the vice-chair. The toasts of The Queen and Royal Family, and Success of the Grafton Fire Brigade, having been duly honoured, the Chairman, proposed the 'Successful Competitors," and pre- sented the medals, suiting each with a few-well- chosen remarks, and exhorted the losers to perse- vere with their practices, and try to win laurels at the next competition. The toasts of Unsuccessful Competitors. Chairman, Committee, Officers of the Brigade, Mr. S. See, Time-taker, &c., followed and were drank with musical honors, after which the company separated, having spent a pleasant evening; In replying to the toast of the Time-taker, Mr. D. Braham said he had decided to become a member of
the Brigade and Mr. Lipman announced his inten- tion of giving a medal, to be competed for at next competition.