Volunteer firefighters will go head to head at the 107th Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services Association Easter State Championships in North Fremantle this weekend.
More than 280 firefighters from 25 brigades across the state will put their skills to the test in a demonstration of their unique sport.
Speed and accuracy will be vital as the volunteers compete in 16 events using a range of traditional and modern day firefighting equipment.
Activities include timed fire cart races, as well as hydrant and hose and spray contests.
Chief Operations Officer Craig Hynes said the championships were the pinnacle of Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service brigade competitions for the year.
“Volunteer firefighters from all around Western Australia and a visiting team from Wendouree in Victoria, will compete for the honour of being named Champion Brigade and Champion Firefighter,” Mr Hynes said.
“This significant event is a longstanding tradition that is highly regarded among our volunteer firefighters.
“In addition to the competition aspect, it’s also a social occasion where they can catch up with old friends and make new ones.”
Mr Hynes thanked all volunteer firefighters for providing a valuable and essential service to the WA community.
“In emergencies these volunteers selflessly risk their own lives to ensure the safety of others,” he said.
“Recent months have been no exception, with volunteers in both rural and metropolitan areas busy responding to a range of incidents including property and bushfires, car crash rescues and hazardous materials spills.
“I would also like to acknowledge the many supporters who assist behind the scenes. The contribution made by family, friends and employers of volunteers is greatly valued.”
The action will take place on Saturday 3 April between 9am and 5pm and Sunday 4 April between 9am and 4pm at Gilbert Fraser Oval, John Street, North Fremantle.