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Juniors to put skills to the test
CFA’s junior members are gearing up to showcase their skills at the Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria Junior State Urban Fire Brigade Championships in Tatura on 27-28 February.
There will be approximately 800 juniors competing in the annual championships, displaying a range of firefighting skills, including hosing a target, climbing sky-high ladders and rolling hoses.
CFA Chief Officer Joe Buffone said the championships were an opportunity for members to compete, meet other junior fire brigade members from across CFA and travel within Victoria.
“Throughout the weekend we will see 79 teams from 49 brigades around Victoria competing in these championships,” he said.
“This is a very important weekend for CFA juniors. They are the future firefighters in Victoria and this is an opportunity to showcase their skills and enthusiasm.
“These championships promote the important values of teamwork, health and wellbeing as well as simulating many of the practical tasks a firefighter must undertake.
“It’s also a great chance for them to visit displays and make new friends.”
The Tatura Fire Brigade won the right to host the championships and have hosted many championships in the past, most recently in 2011.
This event will attract approximately 2,000 people to Tatura including family, friends and loved ones of the 800 competitors.
The junior championships are for junior urban brigade members aged from 11 to 17. There are a total of 18 events and two age groups for events – under 14s and under 17s.
There will be two teams each from Kellerberrin and Esperance in Western Australia contesting the championship.
All events are based on practical firefighting activities. They build fitness, team skills and capabilities with hoses, hydrants and other equipment that make them a useful addition to each brigade’s regular training program.
Young Victorians from 11 years of age can join CFA as junior members through the Junior Volunteer Development Program.