More than 300 of Western Australia’s best and brightest junior volunteer firefighters braved the heat during the weekend as they competed for the title of state champion.
Emergency Services Minister Rob Johnson attended the 2010 West Australian Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services (VFRS) Association State Junior Championships to watch 20 brigades compete in challenges based on firefighting skills.
Mr Johnson said the event gave the next generation of firefighters the opportunity to interact with their peers and test their skills.
“It was great to see such a strong contingent of competitors this year go head to head in a range of activities that tested their endurance, agility, co-ordination, speed, teamwork and leadership,” he said.
“These annual State championships allow our young men and women to put the skills they’ve acquired from brigade training into action.
“The challenges they faced over the weekend provided our junior volunteers with invaluable firefighting experience, and brought them one step closer to becoming our next generation of senior firefighters.
“I congratulate everyone who took part in the event, particularly our winners who earned a well-deserved victory in their categories.”
Overall Champion Brigade was Northam
Champion Junior Brigade was Victorian brigade Pakenham
Champion Sub-Junior Brigade was Northam 2nd Armadale
Champion Junior Firefighter was Victor Bermingham from Kambalda
Champion Sub-Junior Firefighter was James Barker from Guildford
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