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Saturday, 11 March 2017

BENDIGO TO HOST FIREFIGHTER GAMES

The Bendigo community will have a chance to watch elite firefighters in action this weekend as the city hosts the Senior State Urban Fire Brigade Championships.

Representing the Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino, Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards will officially open the 134th championships being held in Bendigo for the 30th time.

The championships provide an opportunity for firefighters to showcase their expert firefighting skills in a competitive environment, while giving the audience a rare glimpse of firefighters in action as they demonstrate the strength and agility required to tackle real fires and other emergencies.

Around 3000 people will descend on Bendigo for the weekend, with 62 teams competing in the championships. While the majority of teams are Victorian, competing teams from Western Australia and New Zealand will bring some healthy rivalry to the championships. 

Brigades across Victoria vie to host the championships each year, with selection criteria based on the availability and condition of facilities, as well as the accessibility of the location and accommodation.

Bendigo and District Fire Brigades Championship Committee has proven their capacity to host the event many times and won the chance to host again this year.

To celebrate the 30thanniversary of the games in Bendigo, the Saturday night traditional torchlight parade will culminate in a free music event in Bull Street and all competitors will receive a limited edition commemorative medal.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards

“I’m proud that Bendigo is once again hosting this outstanding event and I encourage everyone, young and old, to come and cheer on our firefighters.”

“It’s great to see firefighters come together to test their skills, giving them an opportunity to network and strengthen camaraderie between brigades.”

“These championships bring together volunteer firefighters and are an important part of CFA, helping to build team spirit, develop skills and promote teamwork among members.”

 

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