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World Police and Fire Games

  • Operations Officer Bruce Farquharson, and Leading Firefighter Paula Treacy with their medals from the hockey competition at the World Police and Firefighters Games, Belfast, August 2013

By: Paula Treacy

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  4.52 PM 1 October, 2013


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In August 2013, the World Police and Fire Games were held in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

These Games allow police personnel and career firefighters from all over the world, to gather in the one place and battle it out on the sports field. Apart from the friendly rivalry that these events engender, the original idea of the Games was to encourage physical fitness in the law enforcement and firefighting communities. Many sports make up the Games, from athletics to swimming, ten pin bowling to ice hockey, from archery to the firefighters’ muster.

Three CFA personnel took up this challenge: Operations Officer Bruce Farquharson (Hamilton), Leading Firefighter Paula Treacy (Rosebud) and Operations Officer Henry Barton (Region 5).  Bruce and Paula were part of the Australian Police and Fire Field Hockey Team that travelled over for the Games, the team being made up of firefighters from CFA, MFB and Western Australia, and police officers from Victoria, NSW and Tasmania.

From the three teams entered in the different field hockey competitions, the women’s team came away with gold, the mixed team (men and women) also came away with gold, and the men’s team collected a handy bronze.

Henry Barton competed in athletics, participating in the 100m and 200m races, and coming away with silver in the triple jump and bronze in the long jump.

The Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games are in Melbourne next year in April 2014, and all CFA members can participate.  You can have a look at the sports available on the website (http://www.apandesgames.com.au/), and also visit the SRA Facebook Page (CFA Sports and Recreation Association - cfasra) for extra information. 

Why wouldn’t you take part?!

Last Updated: 01 October 2013