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Media Release

Fiery competition at annual volunteer championships
Friday 28 March 2014 – 3:00 PM
Volunteer firefighters will enter the heat of battle this weekend as they compete for the prestigious title of Western Australia's top firefighter.
The competition will take place at the 111th running of the Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services (VFRS) Association Annual State Championships.
This year's event sees more than 200 competitors representing 20 brigades from across Western Australia and includes two visiting teams from Victoria.
Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Deputy Commissioner Lloyd Bailey said the championships showcased the agility and skills of our VFRS firefighters.
"On current form, Bassendean and Harvey look to be the teams to beat in the open category with volunteer Marc Papalia going for a sixth consecutive Champion Firefighter title,” he said.
"A highlight of the weekend will be the interstate challenge that sees a WA side hungry for redemption after being beaten by the slimmest of margins by their Victorian counterparts when they last met.”
Deputy Commissioner Bailey said the championships also provide an opportunity to acknowledge the outstanding contribution made by the State's fire and rescue volunteers.
"Recent bushfire emergencies have shown the invaluable contribution our volunteers continue to make as they selflessly risk their own lives to make our communities safer,” he said.
"Their commitment also involves considerable time spent training and undertaking education activities in their local communities.”
Competition events have evolved from training exercises that were undertaken for firefighting at the turn of the nineteenth century.
The use of equipment such as hydrants, hoses, reels and ladders during individual and team events showcase the volunteers' speed, dexterity, teamwork and leadership.
The public are invited to cheer on volunteer firefighters in action at the Gilbert Fraser Reserve, John Street, North Fremantle on Saturday 29 March and Sunday 30 March 2014.
The first event is scheduled to start at 9.45am.


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