· Volunteer firefighters compete in state championships
· Speed, coordination and team work on show in two day competition
After months of honing their fire fighting skills during the hot summer months, WA’s volunteer firefighters will now put them to the test at the Western Australian Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Annual State Easter Championships this weekend.
At the official opening of the two day event in Fremantle today, FESA Chief Executive Officer Wayne Gregson commended the role performed by the State’s volunteer firefighters and said he was keen to watch the teams in action.
“Volunteer firefighters have played a vital role in helping to protect WA communities during the bush fire season,” he said.
“This event gives people an opportunity to see our firefighters in action and witness the skills and agility required in an emergency.
“It is also an opportunity for the community to cheer on and support the people who bravely risk their own lives to protect others.”
Mr Gregson said the impressive skills of WA volunteer firefighters were evident at the 2012 Victorian State Urban Firefighting Championships held in Mooroopna, Victoria last month, with a WA brigade taking out top honours.
“I was extremely impressed to learn that Bassendean brigade had become the first Western Australian team in 15 years to win at the Victorian competition,” he said.
“The combined Western Australian team also defeated the Victorians in the Interstate Challenge.
“Two Victorian teams from Murtoa and Narre Warren will compete today and I’m sure they’ll be looking to exact revenge in the Interstate Challenge, but I know our team will put up a good fight.”
The competition will take place at Gilbert Fraser Reserve in Fremantle and will conclude Easter Sunday at 4pm with a closing ceremony and trophy presentation.