John Kobelke

John Kobelke

Minister for Police and Emergency Services; Community Safety; Water Resources; Sport and Recreation

    Volunteer firefighters compete for top honours

    22/03/2008 12:00 AM

    More than 350 volunteer firefighters will pit their skills against each other at the 105th Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Annual Easter Championships to be held in Fremantle this weekend.


    Competition will be fast and furious among the 30 volunteer brigades from throughout Western Australia, including two from Victoria, as they vie for the honour of being declared Champion Brigade and Champion Firefighter.


    Emergency Services Minister John Kobelke said the championships were an important annual event.


    “Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service firefighters have been training hard and this annual contest is the culmination of their efforts,” Mr Kobelke said.


    “The championships include a variety of activities, including water-based contests and running with traditional fire carts and reels.


    “Easter Saturday and Monday will see brigade members in action on the track, but at other times, they will have the opportunity to mingle informally with colleagues from around the State.


    “The event is an ideal forum for swapping experiences and views on issues of common interest.”


    The Minister emphasised the tremendous sacrifices made on a daily basis by volunteer firefighters and their families.


    “In addition to being on call round the clock to attend emergencies, our volunteers gladly attend training sessions amounting to many extra hours each week,” he said.


    “Their firefighting ability and willingness to give up their own time to help others in need is phenomenal.


    “This is why the community rightly regards them as local heroes.”


    Members of the public are invited to attend the event and show their appreciation to WA’s Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service firefighters.


    The 105th Annual Easter State Championships will be held at Gilbert Fraser Oval, John Street, North Fremantle today (Saturday) and Easter Monday.   Entry is free.


    Minister's office  - 9222 9211