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Saturday, 7 March 2015

BENDIGO HOSTS 1,000 FIRE FIGHTERS FOR ANNUAL GAMES

Normally out battling bushfires, CFA members will instead be battling each other this weekend at the 132nd Senior State Urban Fire Brigade Championships inBendigo.

The Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria (VFBV) competition, which was officially opened today by the Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards, is aimed at enhancing firefighter fitness and strengthening teamwork.

Representing the Minister for Emergency Services Jane Garrett, Ms Edwards said the annual championships are an important part of CFA culture, helping to build team spirit, develop skills and promote camaraderie, health and well-being among members.

Held in Bendigofor the 29th year, the games will see more than 1,000 competitors, or 60 individual teams, from acrossVictoria compete in events that simulate many of the tasks a firefighter must undertake.

Also competing will be three interstate teams fromWestern Australia, one team fromNew Zealandand one team from the Metropolitan Fire Brigade.

CFA is one of the world’s largest volunteer organisations, with almost 60,000 members, more than 97per cent of whom are volunteers.

Brigades can be found all across regional Victoria, as well as outer metropolitan Melbourne. They serve more than 3.3 million Victorians and help to protect more than one million homes and properties across the state.

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