John D'Orazio

John D'Orazio

Former Minister for Police and Emergency Services; Justice; Community Safety

    Bunbury fires up for volunteers' championship

    4/03/2006 10:11 AM

    Bunbury is ‘on fire’ this weekend as the city celebrates the centenary of its Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service and plays host to a unique sporting spectacle.

    Emergency Services Minister John D’Orazio is signalling the start of competition in the Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service State Open Championships at Hay Park, Bunbury today.

    Mr D’Orazio said the local community had good reason to celebrate.

    “These championships coincide with a major milestone for the Bunbury Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service which has provided an invaluable community service for an impressive 100 years,” he said.

    “On behalf of the Western Australian Government, I congratulate the brigade on this fine achievement and wish them continued success well into the future.

    “Following many months of intense training, volunteer firefighters from around the State will fight it out for supremacy in a series of exciting team and individual events.

    “These events will test skills traditionally used in fighting fires and undertaking rescues.”

    The Minister said volunteer firefighters were dedicated to protecting the community and it was important to recognise their selfless contribution to WA society.

    “Year-round, Fire and Rescue Service volunteers respond to potentially dangerous emergencies like road crash rescues, bush and structure fires, as well as hazardous materials spills,” he said.

    “The effort and time they put into training and attending emergencies to help their fellow citizens is quite incredible.

    “Occasions such as the State Open Championships provide a great platform for these special men and women to experience the thrill of competition, as well as kick back and enjoy each other’s company.”

    The championships take place on a new purpose-built running track at Hay Park, funded by the City of Bunbury, FESA and the Bunbury Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service.

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