Firefighting Skills Rewarded

Firefighting Skills Rewarded

Western Australia Minister for Emergency Services Rob Johnson

Firefighters Of The Future Star In State Championships

Victor P Taffa

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.” the  Minister 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.” Mr. Johnson said.

Winners included:

  • Overall Champion Brigade was Northam;
  • 2nd Armadale
  • 3rd Mandurah
  • Champion Junior Brigade was Victorian Brigade Pakenham;
  • 2nd Bunbury
  • 3rd Coolgardie
  • Champion Sub-Junior Brigade was Northam 2nd Armadale;
  • 3rd Mandurah
  • Champion Junior Firefighter was Victor Bermingham from Kambalda;
  • Champion Sub-Junior Firefighter was James Barker from Guildford.