One of CFA’s longest and proudest traditions is its Championships, which have been an integral event on the Victorian firefighting calendar since 1873.
From inception the Championships were a way for brigades to demonstrate their skills to the Victorian communities as well as improve their operational skills and capability.
With intra-brigade training becoming more popular, the Championships evolved into a state event, becoming more than just about firefighting skills. Now there are 40 Urban competitions and 22 Rural competitions held across the state every year.
We expect more than 1,500 people will descend on Horsham this weekend for our Urban Juniors. With more than 70 teams and 40 brigades represented, this event provides a great opportunity for juniors to meet other juniors as well as learn about teamwork and demonstrate their firefighting skills.
There will also be information available on youth programs, member health and wellbeing, volunteer recruitment and brigade life.
This year our Rural Senior and Junior Championships and Urban Senior Championships will be held together for the first time. This allows us to transform the event into a celebration of CFA, with families and the broader community invited to attend.
It also allows us to build on the strong foundation we have by adding in new features and events including this year where we have new appliance and women-only events.
There will also be opportunities for our people to take part in training exercises and find out about the latest equipment and trucks under development, access health and wellbeing services, and hear the latest thinking on the services we provide to our communities.