Volunteer firefighters will put their elite skills to the test this weekend at the Western Australian Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services Association Annual State Easter Championships.
This is the 110th year of the State Easter Championships.
Attending the two day event in Fremantle today, Deputy Commissioner Lloyd Bailey paid tribute to the courage, expertise and strength that volunteer firefighters possess.
“Volunteer firefighters play a vital role in helping to protect our communities and their efforts were instrumental in ensuring the safety of people across the State this bushfire season,” Mr Bailey said.
“The dangerous nature of firefighting normally prevents people from seeing the skills and tenacity of firefighters on display.
“The State Easter Championships give people an opportunity to witness our firefighters in action and the agility required at 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 Bailey said the skills of the State’s volunteer firefighters were evident at the 2013 Victorian Championships held earlier this month in Warrnambool, Victoria, where the Bassendean brigade came in a close second.
“Four Victorian teams will compete against the strong Western Australian contingent today,” he said.
“Given the experience and prowess on display we can expect exciting performances and some healthy rivalry.”
The competition will take place at Gilbert Fraser Reserve in North Fremantle and will conclude on Easter Sunday at 4pm with a closing ceremony and trophy presentation.
Competitions have evolved from training exercises that were undertaken for preparation for firefighting at the turn of the 19th century and consists of 16 team and individual events.