Dana’s state record is fire

Dana King (centre) impressed at the State Urban Firefighter Championships. Photo: Contributed

Stefan Bradley

At last month’s State Urban Firefighter Championships, female events were conducted for the first time after almost 150 years of competition.

After a trial in 2021, four female events were held at Mooroopna as part of the championships in 2022 and Sale firefighter Dana King, 17, won the inaugural Marshall One Competitor event, setting the fastest time against 20 other competitors from all over Victoria.

Dana is a proud member of the Sale Fire Brigade, coming up through the junior program to be a valued member of the brigade.

She competes in senior competitions, attends training and has completed qualification to be able to turnout to fires and incidents.

Dana’s family are involved with the brigade and she enjoys working with other members to provide a dedicated fire service to Sale and District.

Her determination and work ethic show that anyone, male or female, can contribute to the local volunteer fire brigade.

Brigade Captain Phil Bloink said Dana was a wonderful asset to the brigade and one of many women volunteers striving to provide a professional fire service.

Her success at Mooroopna is well deserved and shows what can be achieved through dedication and hard work.

Dana told the Gippsland Times she was pretty stoked about the win.

“It’s a great feeling knowing that I own a state record, and I get to be part of history for females in the CFA,” Dana said.

“I went as hard as I could at training, because I thought I could do really well.”

Dana said she had been involved with the Sale Firefighters for over five years.

“I’m thankful for the support I got from my team, my family and my coaches, who pushed me as hard as they could,” she said.

“I’ll continue pushing myself as hard as I can, keep my name up on the podium, and continue firefighting as an operational firefighter and as a competitor, and hit the senior ranks.”